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The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

August 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Utility Regulators' New 'Formula'

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions.[read more]

New York's Underused Water Infrastructure Funds Can Support Climate Resiliency

August 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Despite the nearly two years that have passed since Hurricane Sandy came onshore and caused unprecedented damage across the Northeast region, there are many communities are still in the long and arduous process of rebuilding and recovering.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

Will the 2014 Smart Grid Triple Crown Go To New York State?

May 27, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

If there was a Triple Crown for the development of the Smart Grid, the state of New York could be the 2014 winner. It certainly deserves attention as a role model for other states in development of a Smart Grid and a truly resilient grid infrastructure as well.[read more]

Testing Ground for New Energy Storage in New York

May 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York state is, after California (and possibly Hawaii), the country’s biggest market for next-generation batteries and grid-scale energy storage. The action includes emerging opportunities in microgrids, behind-the-meter storage, renewable energy integration and other grid edge applications.[read more]

Smart Grid Transformations Are Opportunities for Utility Contact Centers

May 13, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision report should be required reading for all electric utility executives. It presents a framework to forge new utility business models and new electricity market models that leverage tech, policies, and financial innovations.[read more]

New York Offers $285M in Demand Reduction Incentives

May 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $285 million will be available in the form of rate incentives to decrease demand by up to 125 megawatts in New York City and Westchester, the county just to the north of the city, using combined heat and power systems.[read more]

New York Launches Major Regulatory Reform for Utilities

April 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently asked his public state commission and chairman of energy and finance, Richard Kauffman, to fundamentally shift utility regulation to meet the needs of a more distributed, consumer-focused energy system.[read more]

New York Green Bank Open for Business, Deals in the Works

April 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Green Bank

No you can’t deposit your money in a bank powered solely by wind and solar (well, maybe you can) but that’s not what the New York Green Bank is about. This bank manages a pool of state money to help finance private sector renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other projects.[read more]

New York Plans $40M in Prizes for Storm-Resilient Microgrids

January 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. Will that be enough to overcome barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in the Empire State?[read more]

$1.7 Billion Investment Towards Buffalo Energy Facilities A 'Game-Changer'

November 30, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Buffalo and Energy Jobs

Two new manufacturing tenants in the heart of South Buffalo could bring energy jobs to New York. On November 21, Governor Andrew Cuomo shared the momentous news of the state’s successful effort to draw a pair of high-tech giants to Buffalo’s waterfront.[read more]

Critique of the 100 Percent Renewable Energy for New York Plan

November 17, 2013 by Edward Dodge
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Renewables and New York

I feel compelled to respond to a paper that is widely referenced by anti-hydrofracking activists as proof that New York can move beyond fossil fuels and power up to 100% of its energy needs with clean energy resources like renewables.[read more]

Fission Fast! New Slogan for Nuclear Energy Revolution

February 27, 2013 by Rod Adams

Just as our industrial development was finding more and more ways to use energy to improve human health and prosperity, we found an fuel that contained two million times as much energy per unit mass as the hydrocarbons that had been powering that development.[read more]

San Francisco Nabs ‘Cleantech Capital’ Title

April 2, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Along with being a popular destination for tourists, the city of San Francisco is also a magnet for the cleantech industry—the most powerful one on the continent, according to Cleantech Group.  The company, which does industry research, analysis and events around the world, just named San Francisco the Cleantech Capital of North...[read more]