Archive for Off Shore Wind

All Our Energy Director named “Environmentalist of the Year”

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George Povall, Director of All Our Energy, was honored by Sierra Club Long Island Group as environmentalist of the year for 2016, citing worknon offshore wind and reducing plastic bag pollution.

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“I thank Sierra Club Long Island Group for all you do and for all the support you’ve given myself and our organization, All Our Energy. I’m very honored to receive 2016 Environmentalist of the Year award, and very humbled to be recognized with the amazing Beth Fiteni of Green Inside And Out Consulting.”

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“This is thanks to the work and dedication of so many people on our team who keep our work going with friendship and dedication,” he said, “and who make positive change a reality!  Thank you also to Sally Keller for the spectacular watercolor. A very special day.”

 

 

Photos Courtesy Beth Fiteni and Tara Bono.

Event: 2017 Team Build Talk

To start the year, on Wednesday 1/4/17 at 7pm we will hold an informal talk at Long Beach Public Library
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Find out how together, we will support each other in the current political climate. Then, we will strengthen your ability to act, and be the solution to the issues at hand. Teams are forming now that will define our work this year- be a part of it!

Be part of the talk as we team up to discuss how to make our advocacy count this year with your volunteer help.

Help establish our media / quick response team to address the media as well as attacks on social media and other teams.

Work to help Long Beach eliminate single use bags, advocate for renewables-maybe even start our own project, fight bad investments in fossil fuels that can block renewables, and insist leaders take climate action.

We will talk of advocacy in the new bullying atmosphere, as environmental gains brace for attack. Instead, let’s build your power and organize around a message that makes the most impact.

Huge LIPA Wind Rally

 

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Photo courtesy of Joanne Moore

In an incredible way to end an incredible year, over 150 attended the largest off shore wind rally held yet, on 12/20, to help LIPA know that wind is their way forward.

Thanks to all who came out-to our own State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Senator Phil Boyle, and to all the partner organizations – Sane Energy Project, Renewable Energy Long Island, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club Beyond Coal, National Wildlife Federation, Long Island Federation of Labor, Food and Water Watch, NYPIRG, and all the others who made this such a resounding success.

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photo courtesy of Lisa Oldendorp

We also thank our volunteer Joanne Moore, who then went in and spoke for us at the LIPA Board meeting.

She told them “It’s LIPA’s turn to move forward and “refocus our energy”. By choosing environment-saving off shore wind now, you can assure New York’s leadership will reap the job, cost, and clean energy benefits just waiting to be claimed for this and the next generation. It’s time we grab ahold of the clean energy economy that awaits to be the legacy of those who act.  ”

Thanks so much also to Lisa Oldendorp, Jerry Rivers, Jay Blackman, Karen Miller, Janis Abrams and so many others who helped All Our Energy represent at this event!

 

 

 

All Our Energy Forward 2017

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Thursday 12/15/16 @ 7pm
111 West Park Avenue
2nd Floor Auditorium (elevator access available)
Long Beach, New York 11561
Event on Facebook

Now is the time, the danger to 40+ years of environmental gains is real, and we can’t allow them to be taken away.
Join and support our grassroots efforts to act on climate change, fight for a renewable energy economy, and protect who and what we love.
Together with you, we will lead the way and meet the challenges to come, head on: socially, environmentally, and politically.
It’s all Interconnected.
Let’s talk about how, let’s talk about 2017, and let’s empower everyone to take action.
The only way is forward, together!

Our Art Contest Winners Announced

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All Our Energy, in association with Sierra Club Long Island Group, announce the winner and runners-up of our inaugural Fall 2016 Long Island College Student Poster Design / Art Contest.

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Art submissions came from students attending colleges across Nassau and Suffolk. With the local environmental world abuzz about upcoming off shore wind farms and other renewable energy projects, it is an exciting time for Long Island’s environmental future. We decided it was time to bring art into our world, and bring that excitement to life with work from local artists.

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Our contest winner is Kelsey Kresge of Hofstra University’s “Refocus Our Energy”. Runners-up are Aly Miller of Stony Brook University’s “The Future is in Our Hands”, Rachel Choi of New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury’s “For a Brighter, Cleaner Tomorrow”, and Allison Wolf of Hofstra University’s “Source of Life”.
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Students were offered a $300 prize and received leeway to create their most original and inspiring artwork and concepts, in hopes of generating new ideas, and they did not disappoint.

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We are grateful to all the entrants who shared their ideas and creativity with us to help inspire Long Island to embrace a clean energy future. We thank our winner, our runners up, our judges and our partners at Sierra Club Long Island Group who all helped this first contest succeed.

All Our Energy 2016 Art Contest Launched

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All Our Energy, in Association with Sierra Club Long Island Group, announce the launch of our Fall 2016 Long Island College Student Poster Design / Art Contest.

Short link to the contest page is: bit.ly/windart16

We invite college students to create / design a potential poster for our continuing off shore wind power outreach campaign that shows us their artistic skills and their vision of Long Island’s sustainable energy future.

Deadline for entry is November 18, 2016.

Grand Prize is $300

The most interesting, inspiring, and engaging entry, according to our judges, will win.

The winner and three runners-up will be featured on our permanent web page for the contest.

It is an exciting time, with off shore wind power coming to the coast of Long Island. We hope to share that interest and enthusiasm.

If your program or clubs would like to host our off shore wind presentation, a discussion, or a documentary film screening about the first US off shore wind farm, please contact me for dates in November. Evenings are most preferred.

We really appreciate your help in getting word out to students now. This contest only runs for five weeks so the awards can be given out this semester.

Coast Guard favored anti-wind lobbyists and denied it, says report 

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My first question when this USCG report was released in March 2016, and highlighted in the article Coast Guard Study Blockades Offshore Wind Energy, which demanded extra setbacks beyond the miles-wide existing shipping lanes, was- “says who?” There was no info on who produced this study and no reason why US Shipping interests were unable to work in a multitudinally wider area than Europe already has no problem with.

Now a report released this week from the public interest group Checks and Balances, about the otherwise inexplicable extra 2 mile setbacks recently forced on the Long Beach / Rockaway wind farm (and ostensibly everything from here on out) says outside lobbyists did have a say and that information on who is behind this study is being both denied and withheld.

This study was news from March 2016 (during NY Off Shore Wind Area BOEM lease announcement time). Then, it was inexplicably “dredged up” months later again by Newsday’s Mark Harrington in July. We were wondering why this old news was just hitting the radar of the preeminent energy journalist’s expertise.  While all the talk was off shore wind and LIPA’s upcoming planned announcement to buy it, this instead was his article: “Study: LI Wind Farm Sites Risky”(print version title).

We must demand an explanation, release of the documents, identities of the players, and a true impartial reexamination based on the actual science and data, the article cites they never did.

We seem to be just taking regulators at their word right now, and though no need to antagonize, its good to recognize so early on in this process, that acceptance is not in our best interest.
I ask myself: Why was this coast guard setback just accepted by us, the developers, and the entire advocacy community?
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It seems to me that that’s not our job. Our job is to get massive offshore wind built right and as soon as possible. BOEM’s timeline announcement in June 2016, which already stretches this process to 5-7 years, 2-3 times what an off shore fossil fuel drilling process takes, and with no guarantee lawsuits could not extend this, is not soon at all.

The climate just cannot wait. We won’t either.

BOEM Off Shore Wind Energy Public Meeting

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold public meetings in June to provide an overview of the Environmental Assessment findings and offer additional opportunities for public comments.

Hofstra University

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Hofstra University

Place: MPR Room (Multi Purpose Room)

AD: 900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, New York 11549

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The process to start Off Shore Wind for Long Island moves forward. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced the proposed lease sale for 81,130 acres offshore New York for commercial wind energy leasing. The area is approximately 11 miles south of Long Beach, an area that can support a large-scale commercial wind project.

 

We will advocate for it to be

  • the most environmentally friendly
  • most responsible and responsive
  • most local jobs
  • most committed to soonest operation and long term viability

Get involved in the upcoming BOEM Meeting on June 21, 2016!

Wind 4 LI Wind Advocates Meeting

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Join our Wind 4 LI advocacy meeting at Long Beach Public Library
Thursday 6/16 at 7PM
111 West Park Ave Long Beach

https://www.facebook.com/events/1641758179481868/

Leading to next Week’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) public meetings, especially our local one at Hofstra University, we will discuss what this means, what is at stake, and help YOU become involved in the process and attend BOEM’s Meeting at Hofstra University.

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From BOEM:

On June 6, 2016, BOEM published an Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Federal Register for a 30-day public comment period. The EA considers potential impacts associated with issuing a lease, associated surveys, and approving the installation of resource assessment facilities (i.e., meteorological tower and/or buoys) in the New York Wind Energy Area.

BOEM will hold public meetings in June to provide an overview of the EA findings and offer additional opportunities for public comments. BOEM’s public meetings will be held at the following locations:

Monday June 20, 2016
Long Branch Middle School (Auditorium)
404 Indiana Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday June 21, 2016
Hofstra University (MPR Room)
900 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, New York 11549
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (Note: New location)
Westhampton Beach Elementary School
379 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Building (Hazard Rooms A & B)
215 S Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Monday, June 27, 2016
Waypoint Event Center at Fairfield Inn & Suites
Sea Loft Room
185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the EA meetings, BOEM will host an auction seminar in New York City to describe the auction format, explain the auction rules and demonstrate the auction process through meaningful examples. It will be followed by a public meeting on BOEM’s planning and leasing efforts regarding New York offshore wind energy activities. The public seminar and public meeting will be held at the following location:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
TKP New York Conference Center, Empire A Room
109 W 39th St., New York, NY 10018
Auction Seminar: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Public Meeting: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (with an overview presentation at 5:30 p.m.)

Day of Action for Off Shore Wind & Clean Energy

On 5/18/16, All Our Energy and partners staged a rally out front of LIPA’s offices, and then spoke at their board meeting that the time has come for off shore wind!

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Speakers represented the benefits of off shore wind from jobs, to climate benefits, to getting what we pay for in our rates!

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Great work from our team- Matt, K.C., Sam, Karen, and our incredible Speakers- Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island, Peter Gollon from Sierra Club Long Island Group, Lisa Oldendorp from Move On, Olga Filakouris from NYPIRG, Joe Tonini from Sierra Club, Lou Sabbatini from Sierra Club, Sam Caslowitz of All Our Energy, and of course Matt Kearns who emceed the day, and designed the 20 foot tall turbine and plugs signs!

 

 

Press from Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/article/plug-me-long-islanders-take-action-for-renewable-energy-offshore-windpower

 

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more photos:

 

https://www.facebook.com/AllOurEnergy/posts/984340044996327

 

Then we went to the Nassau Clean Energy Standard hearing which had a great turnout and some really great testimony from renewable energy advocates.  I had stopped my testimony to ask how many people supported a bold move into off shore wind… and pretty much the entire room raised their hand in favor of it. 

check our social media for video of the turbine raising!

A very successful day in support of clean energy for LI thanks to YOU and your support and action!!