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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!

 

 

 

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!!

 

Ready for our 5/18/16 day of Action for Off Shore Wind

In the morning we will be assembling in front of LIPA Headquarters in Uniondale for a demonstration of support for offshore wind for the required new power generation on LI.

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LIPA are meeting tomorrow as they consider new dirty energy plants for the east end right now, or get new power from an off shore wind farm 30 miles off Montauk, coupled with grid-size battery storage, that supplies that power cleanly, reliably, and economically.

We are staging a visual action outside their offices as we raise a 20 foot tall mock wind turbine and giant plugs as we say “Plug Me In to Off Shore Wind” and ask LIPA to lead us into the next generation, not lock us into dirty fuels of the past.  We have hand made signs, placards and stickers from Sierra Club and more for everyone to get their hands on and show their support!

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Join All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club for this memorable and newsworthy event.  Then we will go in to LIPA’s board meeting and testify that the time for off shore wind is NOW

 

Then in the evening join us to speak out at the NY State Public Service Commission’s “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) hearing in Mineola to determine the future of clean energy programs in the state. Local community groups including All Our Energy, Long Island Progressive Coalition, NYPIRG, Mothers Out Front, and the Sierra Club, will call on Governor Cuomo to make an enforceable commitment to renewable energy that includes large-scale offshore wind power. By compelling utilities and public energy authorities to purchase a certain amount of renewable power each year, the CES could make the Governors goal of generating 50 percent of New York States electricity from renewables by 2030 a reality!

We urge you to come speak and make sure we get the renewable energy future we deserve. Please bring a printed version of your comments to turn in if you must leave, just to be on the record, or if you have too much to say, but will be brief anyway!

Wind 4 LI: 5/18/16 Clean Energy Day of Action

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Join our media-worthy action/demonstration for the next LIPA Board meeting and preparing to help everyone testify at the upcoming Clean Energy Standard (CES) hearings.  Somehow, they are scheduled for the same day!!

Naturally, we are responding with a Day Of Action for renewable energy!!!
Will you join us?  Please click the RSVP’s below and let us know!!
 

Join All Our Energy, Sierra Club Long Island Group, NYPIRG, Beyond Coal, the Win Wind NY (winwindny.org) Coalition and others for a Day of Action on Wednesday 5/18/16 
LIPA Meeting Action / Rally & Testimony
10:30am Group Turbine Raising then March Giant Plugs into LIPA offices. 
11:30am LIPA Board Meeting-testimony follows
LIPA headquarters. 
We will hold a demonstration of our support for a just transition away from fossil fuels and the rapid development of economical and readily available offshore wind for Long Island’s power needs. 
Participate in this creative action at LIPA headquarters to create newsworthy visuals that provide great media imagery, as we collectively raise a “wind turbine” and brandish laughably oversized plugs as we invite LIPA to lead the way and “plug us in” to offshore wind!  
Then…
Nassau Clean Energy Standard Hearing:
That evening on May 18th, Long Islanders will descend on the Clean Energy Standard hearing in Mineola to help spark a renewable energy revolution in the Empire State. It’s time for a renewable energy future in New York!
6pm Info Session. 
7pm Public Comments
Nassau County Executive and Legislative Bldg
Governor Cuomo aims to have 50 percent of the state’s energy come from renewables by 2030. This new goal must be enforceable so it lives up to its promises and must include a specific commitment and path to large-scale offshore wind development that could create thousands of new jobs here on Long Island. 
Additionally, the CES must apply to LIPA, as is proposed by the Public Service Commission, to ensure compliance and uniform standards for all NY power producers.  
There are Clean Energy Standard Hearings also in Riverhead (5/17) and Far Rockaway (5/18) – we are not covering these, but we can get you the info if you need-just ask!
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All Our Energy will host 2 meetings in the lead up to this, for public education to help you to testify at these events, and make artistic and logistic preparations for our May 18, 2016 Day of Action turbine raising and the props needed:
Wind 4 LI: Prepare for LIPA & CES Day of Action
Wind 4 LI: Art Build 4 LIPA & CES Day of Action
Levittown Public Library

bring your advocacy, passion, organization, and artistic talents to make this memorable, fun and have a big impact!  WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I know together we are going to make a big statement and help move the conversation from “if” to “how” to NOW!

Send a Postcard to LIPA for Off Shore Wind

Postcards are available now for you to write and send to the LIPA board!

 

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Let LIPA know you are in favor of off shore wind! We will have these at all events for the public to sign!!!
We have plenty, but they need to get to LIPA ASAP to make an impact and let them know the public supports OSW instead of new fossil fuels!!

Today we told LIPA- its time for renewables!

 

Today we rallied at the Long Island Power Authority Trustee meeting to tell them “Plug Me In To Off Shore Wind!”

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All Our Energy were part of over 100 activists and demonstrators at this week’s LIPA Board meeting.

LIPA Chairman Suozzi asked, and not a single person in the room was against developing off shore wind. I spoke in favor of moving forward with off shore wind right now for the power they need to generate for the South Fork of LI.  For the same price we can have clean energy with battery storage from an off shore wind farm 30 miles from Montauk, or build new fossil fuel power plants and gas pipelines to feed them across the island, including sensitive nature areas.  Why would we not move into the renewable energy future??

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read about it here:

Dozens protest to approve offshore LI wind turbines
VIDEO: Dozens rally for LIPA approval of offshore wind turbines


Plus about the Off Shore Wind Forum from last week in East Hampton
http://mobile.easthamptonstar.com/News/2016324/Swell-Support-Buoys-Wind-Project

 

2 things you can do to help us stand up for renewables

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Long Island is at a crossroads. We need more power to run our homes, especially on the South Fork.

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A developer is ready to supply this energy, from an off shore wind farm, promised at the same or lower cost than a new fossil fuel power plant, with battery storage to cover the estimated few dozen hours annually the wind isn’t blowing, and they take all the risk, supplying electricity at a fixed rate for a certain period of time.

In opposition to that, another developer wants to put one or two fossil fuel powered plants into the area. this will probably require new gas pipelines and other dangerous infrastructure through Long Island neighborhoods to feed it.

The choice couldn’t be clearer.  why would we go back to the past when we can move on to a clean energy future and start the renewable energy revolution right here on Long Island- a revolution that comes with up to 40,000 jobs?

Join our meeting tonight to educate and support YOU to speak at LIPA’s March 21 board meeting for off shore wind!  This will likely be the last chance before they announce their decision. Let’s be heard and help them make the right choice!

Help Tell LIPA and NY State: We want Renewables

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Right now, millions in New York can not make their own clean energy because the sun doesn’t shine on their roof the right way, or maybe they don’t even have a roof!  Why should that be our limit?


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What if we found a way for them to still generate their own solar power that they could use anyway?

At our 2/17/16 meeting, we discussed these issues and what we can all do about it.

Two ways to do this are community owned solar projects and off site / virtual net metering.  Your clean energy is created somewhere besides your house or business, and you still get to use it.
These are new strategies that would help unleash a renewables revolution in New York.  We have the power right now,  in New York and especially on Long Island, to beneficially replace outdated fossil fuel infrastructure that has outlived its expected life span. It must be replaced soon.

With your help, we will make sure Long Island moves into renewable energy.

If we buy in to all new fossil fuels, we will have them for 30-50 years more without the opportunity to switch to large scale renewables, like off shore wind which are safer and cleaner than fossil fuels, and are ready to go today at the same price as new fossil fuel plants.
So why aren’t we changing?

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Inertia, powerful interests, utility profit models that increase based on burning more fuels instead of supplying energy, exclusion of others to supply energy even if safe, practical and economical (not a free market).  These modes are outdated and these entities need to move into the 21st century profit model that simultaneously cleans up most of their dirty emissions, or make way for those that will.

Join our meeting to discuss putting the “power” in your hands to tell officials and other decision-makers to do the right thing and adopt economical renewables on a grand scale in New York, make community-owned projects easier, and help open new paths for renewables to fill our electricity needs.

An exciting time and I’m glad you’re taking this journey with us!

Sierra Club NY Wind Energy Webinar

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Join in on this webinar taking place Wednesday October 19, 2013 presented by Sierra Club:

Webinar on New York’s Renewable Campaign

As the country turns » Read more..

Another Chance to Bring Offshore Wind to Long Island

Board Of Ocean Energy Management(BOEM) map for the proposed NYPA (LIPA  and Con ED) plan for a Long Island-New York City offshore wind farm approximately 12 Miles offshore.

Board Of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) map of the proposed NYPA (LIPA and Con ED) plan for a Long Island-New York City offshore wind farm approximately 12 Miles offshore.

Recently, LIPA and Con Edison are issuing calls for public input on trying to bring back the plan for a wind farm 12 miles off the shores of Long Island.

Find that info by clicking here: Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project

This is great news.

Coincidentally, Sierra Club has really picked up the ball that they started rolling earlier last year. At that time,the LIPA board failed to do anything like ‘leading” -they just passed the natural gas buck to the next generation, guaranteeing another 30 or more years of further fossil fuel dependence, fracking pollution and price gouging (and that one didnt take long-only 5 months to come home to roost).

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It may not be too late. Sierra have been trying to convince LIPA to rethink their do-nothing stance and invest in wind energy, even as a hedge against these types of spikes. They have almost reached their goal of sending 5000 signatures to LIPA telling them to get on board with wind energy.
This is the moment, here is the movement, get on board with them!
click on the following link to be heard:

Sierra Club: Support Offshore Wind and Clean Energy Jobs for NY

Further news this week Long Island’s News12 is reporting LIPA rates to jump about $13 per month in March to reflect “natural gas price spikes”, due to the “unseasonably cold weather”.
Once again when you start talking costs going up like this, wind energy which is already close in price, fast becomes cheaper(another post). That does not include the effect that having wind energy would have: creating savings across all forms of electricity generated by having more supply to cover demand. Less natural gas demand = lower market price for natural gas.

What is it going to take to JUST. DO. IT. ALREADY?

Please let me know as soon as you’ve signed on to the Sierra Club link above so we can move on to getting it done!