Renewable Energy

About Our Renewable Energy Work: Energy use—including electricity, transportation, and heating—is the most significant source of the pollution that is changing our climate and causing smog, acid rain, toxic mercury pollution, and other serious environmental problems. Environmental Advocates of New York’s Air & Energy Program is focused on reducing air pollution and promoting the clean technologies that will set New York on the path to a safe and sustainable energy future.

Our work includes promoting policies that will improve air quality and reduce global warming pollution, as well as supporting New York’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and conservation and accelerate clean energy development.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Keystone XL Pipeline would move enough tar sands oil to result in another 181 million metric tons of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere yearly. A new report prepared by environmental group Oil Change International (OCI) analyzes what the climate change impacts of the proposed pipeline might be.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Despite significant gains in both large scale solar and wind energy throughout the globe, our rapid uptake of renewables is essentially worthless in the face of global warming, according to a new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The goal to keep global temperatures from rising above the two degrees celsius considered by scientists to be crucial to maintaining some kind of normality is seeming increasingly impossible _ mostly because most of the worldミs energy is still derived from coal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Itミs the day after tax day, and while many of us may be cringing at the big checks we just wrote the IRS or celebrating our refunds, Duke Energy isnミt paying federal income taxes for the fifth year in a row. After its merger with Progress Energy, North Carolina based Duke Energy is the nationミs largest utility company and raked in more than $1 billion in profits last year.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a proposed Environmental Incentive Policy, which is aimed at improving practices at businesses, local governments and other regulated entities to better protect the environment and prevent pollution. A public comment period on the draft policy extends through April 22.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the U.S., wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.

Starting in February, customers of New York State Electric & Gas, a utility serving a large portion of upstate New York, began seeing a special charge on their bills.  It amounts to roughly the same amount they are sending in to fund the state’s energy efficiency and renewable power programs.  This “Reliability Support Services” fee is solely dedicated to what has thankfully become a rare source of power here in the Northeast.  For the next year, NYSEG ratepayers will be subsidizing the operations of the Cayuga Generating Facility, a coal-fired power

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