Alicia Barton, President & CEO of NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority), retweeted an article from CleanTechnica yesterday and commented that renewable energy is "a central focus" to build back New York State´s economy stronger and cleaner.
Led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Empire State "is accelerating renewable energy development as part of its COVID-19 recovery efforts", the article noted.
The newly passed legislation (Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act) also aims to boost more private sector investments and to shorten the approval process for renewable energy projects, which may also have positive implications for Zinc8´s commercialization of its patented, low-cost, long-duration energy storage systems to be deployed for NYSERDA and Digital Energy Corp. as well as NYPA (New York Power Authority) in New York City, not to speak of the potential for more deployment contracts to be executed in due course.
Excerpts from the CleanTechnica article "And So It Begins: World’s 11th-Biggest Economy Pitches Renewable Energy For COVID-19 Recovery" (April 5, 2020):
"The COVID-19 outbreak has provided one last opportunity for fossil fuel stakeholders to beat back the renewable energy revolution. One especially interesting example is the notorious Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. The once-dormant project suddenly sprang into action last week, while protesters have been sidelined by the virus. That may be so, but the window for fossil fuels is already narrowing and it’s about to slam shut. Key US states are already taking action to accelerate their renewable energy plans, virus or no virus.
World’s 11th-Largest Economy Hearts Renewable Energy
One key state is New York State, which by some measures would be the world’s 11th-largest economy if it was an independent country. On Friday, April 3, New York announced the passage of enabling legislation for its new clean power plans. If that date rings a bell, April 3 is the same day that seven top oil and gas executives went to the White House to discuss the plight of their industry.
If that’s not a clapback, nothing is.
Along with the now-familiar goal of creating jobs and fighting climate change, the new clean power plan makes the connection between renewable energy and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
To that end, the so-named Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act creates the nation’s first ever “Office of Renewable Energy Siting.” The idea is that more private sector investment will be attracted more quickly, by tailoring the state’s approval process to fit renewable energy projects. The legislation also provides for reducing financial risk, helping to attract more private sector dollars that might otherwise go elsewhere.
In addition, the legislation takes grid planning and transmission into account...
Walking The Climate Walk & Chewing The COVID-19 Gum
In announcing the new plan, New York seems determined to prove that it can walk and chew gum at the same time — in other words, that the public health crisis is not an opportunity to move backwards on climate action.
“We continue to act aggressively to protect the environment and our communities through our ongoing programs to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” said New York State Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos, even as the state continues an all-hands-on-deck effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A Renewable Energy Model For Other States To Follow
Don’t be surprised if other states embark on a similar plan to speed up renewable energy development.
The problem is that conventional siting and permitting processes are primarily designed for large, centralized fossil fuel power plants (hydropower being a key exception). Today’s wind and solar industries, in contrast, are characterized by a wide range of outputs, applications, and siting opportunities.
The pump is already primed for the idea to spread. New York is on the advisory board of the newly launched 100% Clean Energy Collaboration, a state-based effort that includes California as well as New York and other clean power leaders. The new initiative was announced by the Clean Energy States Alliance on, you guessed it, April 3.
New York was also previously tapped by the US Department of Energy to lead a national consortium to accelerate wind energy development, so there’s that.
Speaking of the Energy Department and wind energy, New York and CESA were not the only ones trolling the oil and gas industry last week. The Energy Department also did its part, with not one but two separate press releases announcing new wind energy initiatives..." (Read the full article here.)
In NYSERDA´s announcement "New York State Announces Passage of Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act as Part of 2020-2021 Enacted State Budget" (April 3, 2020), Alicia Barton commented:
“While Governor Cuomo and the State work tirelessly to defeat COVID-19, we must continue to move forward and confront our climate crisis in order to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous consequences of a changing climate. This new law will support a rapid transition to clean renewable energy sources and ensure that our enormous pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects can be responsibly permitted, bolster the state’s economy, and deliver health, environmental, and economic benefits to all New Yorkers.”
See also a recently published letter from the New York State Energy and Environment Agencies supporting the clean energy industry through the COVID-19 response.
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