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”

Is the Trump Administration Changing Its Tune on Wind?

The proposed areas would more than double the total amount of space currently identified for offshore wind development. Photo by Kim Hansen/Creative Commons

The Trump Administration has been notably unenthusiastic about offshore wind, proposing instead offshore drilling up and down the East Coast, including off the coast of the Tri-State Region. Continue reading “Is the Trump Administration Changing Its Tune on Wind?”

Debate Continues Over Proposed NJ Power Plant that Would Power NYC

The proposed plant would produce as much electricity as PSEG’s nearby Bergen Generating Station on Overpeck Creek in the Meadowlands. Photo by jag9889

Debate continues over a proposed $1.5 billion power plant that would be built in the Meadowlands, and send its electricity to New York City. The North Bergen Liberty Generating Project would produce 1,200 megawatts and could power as many as 1.2 million households.

The plant would require connections to the nearby Transco pipeline for natural gas and the Bergen County Utilities Authority across the Hackensack River for treated wastewater to cool the facility. A 6.5-mile underground cable would go from the plant through North Bergen, Fairview, Cliffside Park and Edgewater before crossing the Hudson River to Con Edison’s 49th Street substation.

Local officials see the plant as an economic boon to Bergen County. Environmentalists see it as a step back for the state and its clean energy goals and question the need for a plant serving out-of-state interests.

Read more at NorthJersey.com.

DiNapoli Urges 10 Companies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has written to 10 companies asking them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Dirk Duckhorn

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is requesting that some of the nation’s largest companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address financial risks associated with climate change. Continue reading “DiNapoli Urges 10 Companies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions”

State Allocates $24 Million to Offset Tax Impacts of Indian Point Closure

Indian Point Energy Center, the aging nuclear power plant in Westchester County, will fully close by 2021. Photo via Thomas.net

Included in New York’s recently approved 2018 budget is $24 million for The New York State Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program. Continue reading “State Allocates $24 Million to Offset Tax Impacts of Indian Point Closure”

NYS Allocates $15 Million to Modernize Electric Grid

NYS makes funds available to support electrical grid modernization projects. Photo by Toshihiro Oimatsu

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that up to $15 million is available for projects that will help New York improve the resiliency, efficiency and overall performance of its electric grid to save on energy and costs to combat climate change. Continue reading “NYS Allocates $15 Million to Modernize Electric Grid”

Bringing Solar Power to NYC’s Affordable Housing

A unique canopy structure allows Brooklyn Solar Works to place panels on otherwise inhospitable roofs by rising the panels 9 feet above the roof surface. Photo by Brooklyn Solar Works.

Fifth Avenue Committee, Brooklyn SolarWorks, and Gowanus Grid & Electric, LLC  are exploring plans to bring solar power to New York’s privately-owned low- and moderate-income housing stock. Continue reading “Bringing Solar Power to NYC’s Affordable Housing”