Articles, Blogs & Other Materials
- Rise 2 Resilience Platform
- In June 2019, the Department of State prepared model local laws that include consideration of future physical climate risk.
- Local Law Provisions for Climate Change Adaptation, Sabin Center, Justin Gundlach and P. Dane Warren, May2016
- “New Statute Requires State Agencies to Consider Climate Risks,” New York Law Journal, November 13, 2014
- Gundlach, J. “Local Law Provisions for Climate Change Adaptation” May 2016. Columbia Law School. Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.
- New Statute Requires State Agencies to Consider Climate Risks,” New York Law Journal, November 13, 2014
- “New York Environmental Legislation And Regulations in 2014,” New York Law Journal, January 15, 2015
- New York’s New Sea Level Rise Projections Will Affect Land Use, Infrastructure”, Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan, New York Law Journal, March 8, 2017
Cuomo pulls plug on $3B climate bond, citing virus, Adam Aton, E&E News, July 31, 2020
N.Y. announces largest-ever solicitation for renewables, David Iaconangelo, E&E News, July 22, 2020
New York’s EV plan is missing a very important piece: trucks and buses, Elizabeth Stein, EDF Blog, July 16, 2020
One year later, what has New York’s landmark climate law accomplished?, Rachel Ramirez, Grist, July 18, 2020
Raising the Bar In New York: How a Broad Coalition Used Evidence-based Advocacy
to Win the Nation’s Strongest Climate Law, Maritza Silva-Farrell, Eddie Bautista, & Nathan Willcox
New York utility customers will subsidize $700M electric vehicle program, Marie J. French, Politico, July 17, 2020
Gas Regulation for a Decarbonized New York, Synapse, June 2020
N.Y.'s 100% clean energy chief heads for the exit, David Iaconangelo, E&E News, June 15, 2020
1 Year Later, NY Struggles to Act on Landmark Climate Law, Benjamin Storrow, Climate Wire, June 11, 2020
Letter to CAC to Express Concern that CAC Has Not Convened Second Meeting, NY Renews, June 9, 2020
Clean Energy Standard Report, Marie French, Politico, June 2, 2020
New York to Lower Cap on Emissions Under Carbon Trading Program, Keshia Clukey, Bloomberg, April 29, 2020
NYISO studies grid future, Samantha Maldonado and Marie J. French, Politico, March 8, 2020
New Climate Law Will Reshape NY's Key Sectors, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan, New York Law Journal, July 11, 2019
The effect of New York's new climate law on municipalities: Deep but uncertain, Michael B. Gerrard, New York zoning law and practice report, November/December 2019
The heat is on, New York: A new climate law is a major landmark, but now requires work and sacrifice, Michael B. Gerrard, New York Daily News, June 23, 2019
What It Takes to Implement the Climate Protection Act in New York, Stephanie Lai, Columbia Spectator, Oct. 24, 2019
N.Y. unveils grid plan to reach 100% clean energy, David Iaconangelo, E&E News, July 9, 2020
New York PSC Issues Two Important Clean Energy Orders, Cullen Howe, NRDC Blog, May 26, 2020
Essential Investment in New York’s Grid is on the Horizon; NY PSC Sets the Course for Major Transmission Planning and Upgrades, Hodgson Russ Renewable Energy Alert, May 26, 2020
New York's New Statute on Siting Renewable Energy Facilities, NY Law Journal (May 14, 2020)
The New York State Clean Energy Dashboard is a resource that provides a Statewide snapshot of program activity by electric and gas utilities and NYSERDA. The Dashboard aggregates and provides information on utilities’ and NYSERDA’s programs and their progress towards target.
NYSERDA’s five primary strategic outcomes are:
- Increasing Energy Efficiency
NYSERDA provides energy solutions that reduce the energy consumption and increase the energy efficiency of New York's residents and businesses.
- Growing Renewable and Diverse Energy Supplies
NYSERDA diversifies New York's portfolio of energy resources by growing renewable and distributed generation resources and reducing petroleum use.
- Creating a Clean Energy Economy
NYSERDA catalyzes economic growth by supporting technology and business innovation and by developing a skilled clean energy workforce.
- Protecting the Environment
NYSERDA reduces the environmental impact of energy production and use.
- Satisfied Customers
NYSERDA is responsive to customer needs–delivering accurate and timely information, services and programs.
NYSERDA’s performance relative to these primary strategic outcomes is summarized in the Performance Metrics 2018 [PDF].
NYSERDA's progress is detailed in Annual Report on Operations and Accomplishments and Mission Statement and Performance Measurement - March 31, 2018 [PDF] in relation to NYSERDA's Strategic Outlook [PDF].
Related Proceedings and Actions
On April 24, 2018, the Commission opened this proceeding to consider the role of electric utilities in providing infrastructure and rate designs to accommodate the needs and electricity demands of electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment. It will also consider the characteristics of electric vehicle charging stations and how they may facilitate electric vehicle participation as a distributed energy resource. The proceeding's docket is available here.
Most recently, on April 7, 2020, the Commission issued a notice soliciting input from the clean energy industry on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and ideas that should be considered to sustain critical workforces.
On April 29, 2020, DEC and NYSERDA released proposed regulations to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation's first regional program to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. The revised regulations would advance New York's portion of the 30 percent regional cap reduction from 2021 to 2030, ensuring that regional emissions are 65 percent below the starting cap level by 2030, and furthering the CLCPA reduction mandates.
On May 14, 2020, the PSC granted a petition to extend NY-Sun, the State’s distributed solar incentive program. The order directs NYSERDA to file an updated NY-Sun Operating Plan by June 1, 2020.
The PSC's order explains, "New York State has established clean energy goals that are both ambitious and necessary to respond to the challenge of climate change, including to transition to a distributed, dynamic, and carbon-free grid of the future. Meeting those goals will require the implementation of sustained, coordinated, and vigorous programs by all participants in the State’s energy system. . . . [T]he NY-Sun program has been a successful means of achieving New York’s distributed solar goals and should be expanded and extended to match the breadth of those goals."
On May 14, 2020, the PSC issued an order requiring utilities to begin an expedited review of their distribution and local transmission infrastructure to assist in the development of the state's power grid study. The order sets in motion a study that will:
1.Evaluate the local transmission and distribution system of the individual service territories, to understand where capacity “headroom” exists on the existing system;
2.Identify existing constraints or bottlenecks that limit energy deliverability;
3.Consider synergies with traditional Capital Expenditure projects - drivers of synergies could include aging infrastructure, reliability, resilience, market efficiency, and operational flexibility;
4.Identify least cost upgrade projects to increase the capacity of the existing system;
5.Identify potential new or emerging solutions that can accompany or complement traditional upgrades;
6.Identify potential new projects which would increase capacity on the local transmission and distribution system to allow for interconnection of new renewable generation resources; and
7.Identify the possibility of fossil generation retirements and the impacts and potential availability of those interconnection points.
Utilities must submit preliminary results by August, 2020, and submit final results -- including potential distribution and local system upgrades -- by November 1, 2020.
On July 2, 2020, within the same proceeding, NYPA proposed a plan to upgrade and expand transmission lines in Northern New York.
On June 18, 2020, theNew York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) advanced a White Paper, on which stakeholders and members of the public are invited to comment, that introduces an expanded Clean Energy Standard (CES), re-focusing New York’s existing and relevant regulatory and procurement structures on meeting the critical goal of meeting 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and setting the State on a rapid and irreversible path to achieve a carbon free power sector by 2040 in order to align with the goals laid out in New York's nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
On July 14, 2020, 15 states including New York, and the District of Columbia, announced a joint memorandum of understanding, committing to work collaboratively to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs). The goal is to ensure that 100 percent of all new medium-and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NSY DEC) is hosting an informational public webinar to discuss the development of a value of carbon guidance for New York State agencies. The webinar will provide the public the opportunity to learn and ask questions.
NYS DEC is required to establish a value of carbon for use by New York State agencies per Article 75 of the Environmental Conservation Law, as amended by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). During this webinar, staff will discuss the requirements for establishing a value of carbon, how a value of carbon is estimated using both a damages and a marginal abatement approach, key considerations, and examples of how a value of carbon may be used by New York State agencies.
Date: Friday, July 24th, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To join the webinar, follow this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e678774efb015559705f3401cb87d46a9
If prompted, the Webex event# is 161 040 2911 and the event password is Carbon2020