Tag Archives: New York

Solar Prices in New York State

The ECOreport looks at a new report showing the range of solar prices in New York state

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThough it can supply electricity for a fraction of the cost of conventional sources, there are great fluctuations in the market prices. The cost of an average installation ranges from $21,104 on Long Island to $11,715 in the Watertown area. A new report from Solar to the People shows the range of solar prices in New York state.

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Joule Assets Pays For HVAC & Lighting Retrofits

The ECOreport looks at an innovative financing model: Joule Assets pays for HVAC & lighting retrofits.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMost small and medium sized businesses know that, over time, energy retrofits save money. Yet 95% do not do them. Their hesitation arises from the steep upfront costs. An innovative innovative financing company has come up with the obvious solution to this dilemma. Joule Assets pays for HVAC & lighting retrofits.

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Is Canada really prepared to fight against climate change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has only been four months since a tentative agreement to “pursue efforts to” limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C was signed in Paris. After a decade of being virtually ignored, climate change became the central issue on Canada’s political stage. Yet even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders fly to ratify the Paris Agreement in New York, some ask is Canada really prepared to fight climate change?

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Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

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14 Westchester Communities Opted For 100% Green Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNew York State’s first community choice aggregation (community owned utility), under Governor Cuomo’s watch,  is now expected to start supplying customers with electricity on May 1, 2016. The number of participating Sustainable Westcher communities has grown to 20. A number of these have opted to use a normal blend (brown) as their default electricity and 14 Westchester communities opted for 100% green energy as a default.

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Sustainable Westchester Leads The Way

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSeventeen municipalities are involved in the pilot program, which has been described as “a transformative shift in the way we buy and use electricity.” Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission, said she has “great hopes for this as a critical pilot for the Reforming the Energy Vision.” This will be the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) pilot program under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy. In New York, and soon possibly America, Sustainable Westchester leads the way. Continue reading Sustainable Westchester Leads The Way

Winners of the 3rd Annual C40 Cities Awards

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The C40 Cities Awards were set up to recognize the world’s most progressive communities that lead the world in tackling Climate Change. Ninety four cities made more than 200 applications for this year’s competition. The winners of the 3rd annual C40 Awards were announced during COP 21 in Paris.

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Transform New York’s Hospitals Into Microgrids

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In hurricane Sandy’s wake, many places were without electricity for days. Though most hospitals have emergency power systems, some failed to work. This translates into closed doors, patients who can not be looked after and operations that cannot be performed. Now Blue Pillar has become a selected solution provider for Con Edison’s Demand Management Program, a program that will help transform New York’s hospitals into microgrids.

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New York’s Clean Energy Concierge Service

Consultations on Solar, Energy Efficiency, EV’s & More

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Do you want to put solar panels on your roof? Or to replace your gas guzzler with an electric car? But find the maze of information intimidating? Enter Domino, a web based energy concierge service that simplifies the process. They find clean energy solutions for everyday problems at no cost to the consumer. They launched last April in California and now Domino is New York’s Clean Energy Concierge Service

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Cuomo Brought Local Power To New York

The ECOreport looks at how Governor Andrew Cuomo Brought Local Power To New York

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Most of America’s aging electric infrastructure dates back to the era when air conditioning was cutting edge technology. It is even older in the city where Thomas Edison built a power plant that serviced less than a hundred customers in 1882. New York has a power system designed to meet a peak demand 75% higher than most of the United States. They need it when people want relief from hot summer days. New York’s antiquated system loses about 9% of its’ electricity traveling from distant power plants, is vulnerable to natural gas’ price fluctuations and can be KO’d by extreme weather events like hurricane Sandy. In his search for a more viable alternative, Governor Andrew Cuomo brought Local Power to New York.

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