Want to Buy a New, Energy-Efficient Car? Your Utility Company Can Help With That.

Con Ed and National Grid have launched comparison tools to assist customers in purchasing electric vehicles. Photo by Noya Fields/Creative Commons

Looking to buy a new car? Curious about how an electric vehicle stacks up to its gasoline-guzzling forebearer, especially over the course of a lifetime?

Consolidated Edison and National Grid are here to help. The New York utility companies have both recently unveiled online marketplaces that help consumers compare and purchase electric vehicles.

The sites allows shoppers to make side-by-side comparisons of cars in a way that shows costs over the course of a lifecycle. The marketplaces provide the manufacturer’s suggested price, the value of rebates and tax breaks for electric vehicles, and estimated fuel costs.

The results can be surprising! As Greentech Media showed, in a comparison of a Lincoln Navigator and a Tesla Model X, the Tesla ends up being cheaper to own after factoring fuel costs, rebates and federal tax credits.

Intrigued? Do your own research with Con Ed or National Grid.

Source: Greentech Media

Denied: DEC Rejects Permit for Seneca Lake Gas Storage

Opponents of a proposal to store 88.2 million gallons of liquid propane in caverns on Seneca Lake, celebrated a major victory last week. Photo by stayadventurous.com

After a nearly-10-year battle by environmentalists, business owners, and community groups, the DEC has rejected a proposal to store propane in old salt caverns near Seneca Lake.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos denied the permit on the grounds the facility would have a significant adverse impact on community character in that Finger Lakes region. Seggos also reviewed resolutions adopted by local municipalities opposed to the project, and the area’s development of tourism, the wine industry and agriculture as economic drivers. There were also concerns about the integrity of caverns at the site.

Source: Innovation Trail

Two Pieces of Good News for the Climate

Photo via New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Facebook page.

With two separate blows, New York State has moved to block energy derived from burning fossil fuels.

After a 5-year battle fought by local environmental groups and eventually the State, plans have fallen through to upgrade a facility at the Port of Albany so it could process heavy crude oil from the Canadian tar sands. Massachusetts-based Global Companies has finally walked away from its legal fight to install boilers at the port, which would have been necessary to prepare the crude for rail transport.

Opponents of the upgrade maintained that the facility would threaten the Hudson River, and contribute to global climate change. Continue reading “Two Pieces of Good News for the Climate”

Proposed Gas Storage in Seneca Lake Faces Additional Setback

An aerial view of the Inergy – now Crestwood – salt facility located on Seneca Lake’s west shore, just north of Watkins Glen. Photo via dcbureau.org

An attempt to store liquefied propane gas in Seneca County salt mines has encountered further setbacks as the sponsors acknowledged the cavern may have leaks. An attorney for the company involved asked the DEC to delay a final decision on the storage unit application until well pressure tests determine its suitability as a gas storage unit. Continue reading “Proposed Gas Storage in Seneca Lake Faces Additional Setback”

Cuomo, Environmentalists Oppose Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in Finger Lakes

Three Seneca White Deer roam the grounds at the Seneca Army Depot, where a 48-acre waste incinerator is planned. Photo by BrianAdler/Creative Commons

Governor Cuomo announced Tuesday his opposition to a proposed 48-acre trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes region. The facility would burn 2,600 tons of solid municipal waste brought in by truck and or rail each day, and produce what proponents call “clean electricity.” Continue reading “Cuomo, Environmentalists Oppose Waste-to-Energy Incinerator in Finger Lakes”

New York Wind Farm Faces Delay Due to NJ Request

New Jersey claims its stakeholders have not yet been meaningfully involved in the wind development process. Photo by Ionna22/Creative Commons

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is asking the federal government to extend the public comment period on proposed new lease sales for offshore wind in the New York Bight, a step that could delay the process for up to six months.

Murphy requested more time because the areas under consideration for wind-energy development include New Jersey’s main fishing grounds.

Source: New Jersey Spotlight

New York Considering Carbon Pricing Proposal to Cut Emissions

New York is targeting an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and has been considering placing a price on the emissions associated with electricity generation. Photo via Creative Commons.

Could a carbon tax be the most effective way to reduce New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions? There seems to be growing consensus that placing a price on emissions associated with electricity generation could both cut pollution and incentivize the development of renewable energy.  Continue reading “New York Considering Carbon Pricing Proposal to Cut Emissions”

US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Constitution Pipeline Appeal

Pipes for the Constitution Pipeline are stacked at a pipe yard in Altamont, New York. Photo via Constitution Pipeline.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal from developers of the proposed Constitution pipeline, who hoped to challenge New York state’s denial of a water quality certification for the natural gas project. Continue reading “US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Constitution Pipeline Appeal”

Some NYC Garbage Trucks to be Powered by Renewable Diesel

Some New York City garbage trucks will soon be powered by renewable diesel. Photo via DSNY

New York City has invested in some 900,000 gallons of renewable diesel — made mostly from animal fat and vegetable oil instead of petroleum. The fuel will power 1,000 diesel vehicles for the next six months, including some garbage trucks. Continue reading “Some NYC Garbage Trucks to be Powered by Renewable Diesel”