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New York's Banner Year for Clean Energy and Climate

Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2015 Energy DevelopmentsWhen it comes to clean energy--solar and wind power in particular--2015 was a banner year in New York State. The Empire State climbed the solar charts and witnessed the largest wind...

Posted December 25, 2015    

Wind Power Saves New Yorkers Money on Electricity After Unexpected Shutdown of Indian Point Nuclear Unit

Wind power came to the rescue of New York's electricity consumers this week, as a unit at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County unexpectedly went off-line on Monday evening, due to an electrical disturbance. As reported by...

Posted December 21, 2015    

18 State Attorneys General, Led by New York's Schneiderman, Defend the EPA's Clean Power Plan

Kudos go out to New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for stepping up to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants....

Posted November 13, 2015    

A 50-Percent-By-2025 Renewable Energy Standard Can Help Governor Cuomo Realize His "Opportunity Agenda"

In the wake of Governor Cuomo's courageous decision last month to ban fracking in New York State, the state is poised to become even more of a leader in clean energy, if it puts in place the right policies. Governor Cuomo's State of the State...

Posted January 30, 2015    

Offshore Wind Power Can Save U.S. Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds

Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an...

Posted October 11, 2014    

Policies Can Move Offshore Wind Energy Off Of Drawing Boards And Into The Water, New DOE Report Says

Could the U.S. go from being nowhere on offshore shore wind power to having over a dozen projects built over the next five to seven years? That’s a very real possibility, according to a report just released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)....

Posted September 5, 2014    

Dept. of Energy Report Shows How Far U.S. Wind Energy Has Come and the Challenges Ahead

This blog post first appeared, under a different title, on LiveScience.For U.S. wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That's the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released last week by...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Strong Federal Endorsement Could Spur First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm to Begin Construction This Year

News out from the federal Department of Energy suggests a promising future for U.S. offshore wind power. The agency announced it is backing the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts—long expected to be the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind...

Posted July 6, 2014    

One Year After Sandy, the Need to Safeguard Energy Systems and Climate Remains

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy brings back acute personal memories for me and my family, memories we will not soon forget. My elderly father-in-law was without power in Manhattan for almost a week. And to bring him food, we climbed up...

Posted October 18, 2013    

Despite Chaos, Department of Energy Moves Forward with Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy (DOE) took an important step forward by issuing a proposed rule on energy efficiency standards for furnace fans.  If made final after public comment, this initiative will save American consumers at least hundreds...

Posted October 3, 2013    

Renewable Energy in NYC Affordable Housing

Solar power in New York City has a tony reputation.Here in the Big Apple, where solar can eventually supply one-seventh of the city’s power, we like to show off the building-integrated photovoltaics at the luxury Visionaire, in Battery Park City. Or...

Posted January 31, 2013