The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is leading the development of offshore wind on behalf of the state. Throughout 2017, NYSERDA is conducting extensive stakeholder outreach and directing over twenty studies and surveys to ensure that offshore wind is developed responsibly. This work will culminate in the New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, to be released by the end of 2017.
As part of its public outreach, NYSERDA invites you to three public information meetings on Long Island this summer. These meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the components of the Master Plan along with informational exhibits, and an opportunity to ask questions about the plan. The meetings are 6:00-7:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A, then 7:00-8:00 p.m. is open house each day at the following locations:
Monday, July 10
Long Island Association
300 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY
Tuesday, July 11
Long Beach Public Library
111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY
Wednesday, July 12
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY
We hope you all can make at least one of these meetings.
Hundreds of legislators, business leaders, environmentalists, renewable energy advocates and concerned citizens were on hand as Long Islanders took the next step towards entering the offshore wind era.
Pete Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller for NY State opened things speaking about “perpetual investments” the state makes in order to protect the future of their pension fund, and the analogy to Renewable Energy is quite obvious…and in that, we haven’t been investing. “The cost of inaction is huge.”
He said we are continuously “faced with a false choice: allowing current levels of pollution versus disrupting business”.
Next Catherine Bowes From National Wildlife Federation spoke about her group’s pressing need to get the word out that “climate change is the single greatest threat to wildlife”… and thus they are “100% committed to large-scale Renewable Energy projects” like the offshore wind proposals being talked about.
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island, Gordian Raacke spoke next with a great presentation showing how fossil fuel is to rotary phone as renewable energy is to smart phone. Our power plants are from the rotary phone era, that’s the “modern technology” we’re living with. In comparing the two, “Renewable Energy requires back-up… and costs a little more, but does so much more:
no water usage/destruction,
greater economic development
locally produced energy = money kept in the local economy, “
Adrienne Esposito, the outspoken voice of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment gave a lively and informative presentation. “LIPA is making decisions now how they will generate the next 2000 Megawatts they need, what will we choose? We need to choose generation with the least impact: wind”.
She went on to highlight that inaction is not an option, “saying no to wind, is saying yes to more fossil fuel and nuclear power… unless you’re turning off your lights.”
Next followed the panel discussion “Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind for NY”. Moderated by LIA’s Kevin Law, who explained why the previous offshore proposal died:
It was too small thus too expensive –> needs economy of scale.
It was too close, thus too controversial –> eliminate the visual impact.
He explained that LIPA had unused land and proposed using that land for large turbine manufacturing, creating both an economical and convenient launch for any offshore wind farm… with further economical development potential as a manufacturing base for other farms.
Keynote speaker, congressman Tim Bishop was up next, and he didn’t disappoint. He spoke mainly of the difficulties he has in dealing with these issues in the face of unfathomable, and logically unexplainable opposition. “We are paralyzed because of the political difficulty that exists”…
“We are facing a denial of fact.. In energy policy..and to climate change,” he said. “An alarming number of my colleagues are in full-blown denial about what science is clear on.”
When asked by an audience member if he thought they really believed this denialist position, or was this “just politics”, he said “I have to take them at their face value that they really believe in their position” because “the consequences of not dealing with this family of issues is so dire… I hope my colleagues will see this is an avoidable crisis that is not to be ignored.”
He did add, when asked if money was to blame for the seemingly incongruent and completely hypocritical stances of the opposition, that “so far, for this year’s presidential election, 25% of all of the donated money has come from just 16 people”.
When asked what we can do to get the word out to the average voter, he said, “All we can do is just provide people with the facts…and hope they accept those facts.”
In positive news, to free up money to further renewables, he said we should look at lifting the cap on private activity bonds.
Of special interest was the final panel “Offshore Wind: Where Are We Now?” Moderator, Frank Murray of NYSERDA presented “NYS Coastal Management Program’s Offshore Wind Energy Planning” where he explained offshore wind is “inevitible”, and thus it isbeing planned for. He said “innovation will be the key to our economic resurgence.”
He said NYSERDA “can provide good reseacrch investments to indentify projects with benefits reaching beyond our local area”.
He asked YOU, the public get involved with the State Energy Plan:
Please click this picture to give NYSERDA your input on their Energy Plan
“Offshore wind is a key element and this will be a public process. Please read the plan for Wind and/or Solar and let them have YOUR input.”
All Our Energy says- You Can Do So here:
A fascinating day.
We welcome the beginning of the Offshore Wind Era to Long Island.
Cuomo proposed competitive bidding to attract large-scale solar projects. … NYSERDA, has set out a plan to realise Cuomo’s goal, which the authority says could bring 269 MW of solar to the state from 2012-2015, and 110 MW some time after. NYSERDA calls the plan ‘aggressive but achievable’.
To attract industry investment, the state must provide a more consistent policy for long-term growth, say solar advocates. To that end, they have been pushing for a solar feed-in tariff (FiT)
(We ask “why only Industry Investment? Why only Solar?”),
…solar renewable energy credits (SRECs), or other methods to move the industry beyond developing hundreds of megawatts of solar into thousands of megawatts.
Cuomo also is opening up new opportunity for big solar projects through his new ‘Energy Highway’ initiative to upgrade the state’s aging infrastructure. As part of the (‘Energy Highway’ ) initiative, his office issued a formal solicitation in April 2012 seeking ideas … to fix various energy problems…. so that it reaches its target of getting 30% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2015 and more beyond that. The state hopes to draw $2 billion in private investment.
The article goes on to mention our local utility LIPA’s involvement, achievement and proactive stance in delivering utility scale solar at minimal cost to ratepayers.
Now if we could just get them all to agree that homeowners, non-homeowners and the public at large should be more easily and readily able to
Sell their rooftop solar into the grid at a realistically profitable price (similar to what they pay the big corporations).
Generate more energy than they use (this is already too limited – to only 5% above use in most cases!)
Have access to participate in off-property “virtual metering”, “community” or “cooperative” projects (like community wind in Minnesota) where individuals can invest their money to generate any viable renewable energy (wind and eventually ocean/wave as well) and sell it to and through the grid. Millions of apartment dwellers can never be investors, and are relegated to be just “consumers”, never providers.
That’s not to say individuals shouldn’t do what they can with solar on their roof, but if we need more, why not pay New Yorkers for it and allow more?
News flash: it is not a free market out there. These types of projects are near impossible to do because current tax code and utility laws are set up to keep the already picked winners in their monopolized place at the top, and keep what I’d like to call “democratic energy” from expelling them from that position.
No: you cannot invest in renewable energy except through megacorporation stocks or a small generator on your property that only offsets your use.
This is the number one thing keeping renewable energy and the “green economy” in it’s so-called place. It is going to take a “green revolution” to get there.
Governor Cuomo it’s a start, but a half one at best. Why are we soliciting mega corporations, with development money that guarantees no results, This, when the average New Yorker, who would love to, cannot invest in renewable energy other than offsetting only their own household use and only on their own home, or by buying stock in, say BP, as one of the few mega companies with a dedicated solar division? That doesn’t allow New Yorkers, to do more!
That’s the question that defines All Our Energy’s entire existence.
Would you like to invest in renewable energy? Let’s find out how to do that and get things done differently, together!