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New York shows the challenges of phasing out fossil fuels

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Hans Pennink/Associated Press

In December, when the New York City Council voted to ban natural gas use in new buildings, environmentalists in the Big Apple barely stopped to celebrate.

04/12/22
                                                               

Here’s How Slowly New York City Is Moving on Electric Vehicles

By Winnie Hu , Nadav Gavrielov and Others Photo: Gabby Jones , The New York Times

There are just 15 electric public buses on the streets of New York, out of a fleet of more than 5,900 buses. There is just a single electric police patrol car, a Tesla, and only one electric garbage truck.

04/06/22
                                                               

New USGS Maps Show Flood Levels On Lake Ontario’s US Shoreline By Lake Levels

By Communications and Publishing

New flood inundation maps developed by the U.S. Geological Survey provide tools emergency managers and communities along Lake Ontario’s U.S. shoreline can use to visualize potential flooding at different lake levels.

03/17/22
                                                               

NRG’s Proposed Astoria Power Plant Slammed as Company Attempts to Revive Plans

By Allie Griffin

A large energy company that had its plans to build a power plant in Astoria rejected by the state in October has challenged the decision and in doing so has drawn the ire of local officials and activists.

03/17/22
                                                               

New York’s power companies want to expand the meaning of ‘zero emissions’

By Colin Kinniburgh Photo: Erik MCGregor , Getty Images

Last June, in the tumult of the final days of New York’s legislative session, the state Senate passed a bill that almost no one – outside of the power industry lobbyists who crafted it – paid much attention to.

03/15/22
                                                               

Power Industry Quietly Pushes New York to Endorse Non-Renewable Energy

By Colin Kinniburgh Photo: Steve Harris

Last June, in the tumult of the final days of New York’s legislative session, the state Senate passed a bill that almost no one – outside of the power industry lobbyists who crafted it – paid much attention to.

03/15/22
                                                               

Climate change’s effects on New York

By Sarah Darmanjian Photo: Mary Altaffer , AP File Photo

More focus and a lot of money towards initiatives to help tackle climate change have been the norm over the past couple of years. Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced multiple actions since the beginning of 2022 including a plan to make two million homes in the state climate-friendly, electrified, or electrification-ready by 2030 that don’t run on natural gas.

03/14/22
                                                               

Could New York’s Environmental Bond Act get even bigger?

By Nick Reisman

In 2019, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $3 billion bond act to help shore up water and sewer infrastructure in need of being strengthened as extreme weather is expected to only grow in the coming years.

03/14/22
                                                               

Community choice solar programs save New Yorkers $7 million in seven months

By Tim Sylvia

In 2021, Joule Community Power launched its community choice aggregation programs in thirteen New York municipalities. In the program, each municipality has its electricity supply contracts negotiated through Joule, with the option to have 100% renewable energy as its default energy source.

03/08/22
                                                               

Climate change could make America’s coldest cities today the climate havens of tomorrow

By Alexa Liacko

Scientists expect more and more people to move out of warmer places, leave the coasts and flock to cities that are seeing less severe impacts from climate change. Those places are being called “climate havens.”

03/04/22