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Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 2:25 PM
The New York State Senate late last night passed the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and the Assembly is poised to act today. This legislation was developed with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, requiring 70 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable energy systems by 2030 and the power sector to be zero-emitting by 2040. Importantly, the legislation allows some flexibility for the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to maintain electric system reliability, and it requires a yet-to-be-formed Climate Action Council to consult with the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which is the entity tasked with maintaining electric system reliability.
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:05 AM
IPPNY opposes A.1261 (Bronson) / S.1947 (Ramos). The bills would increase the costs of developing and maintaining electric generating facilities by vastly expanding the requirement to pay higher cost prevailing wages for construction, and, as a result, raise costs for consumers.
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 1:21 PM
IPPNY supports A.7682 (Cusick) / S.6195 (Parker). The bills would establish: (a) minimum cybersecurity and safety standards; and (b) minimum cybersecurity insurance requirements, which would be applicable to third parties seeking to connect to any electric or gas corporation's systems to receive consumption or other data. The legislation would require the New York State Public Service Commission to promulgate rules and regulations by January 1, 2021 to ensure the implementation and enforcement of the bills’ provisions.
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:40 AM
IPPNY opposes A.7569-B (Galef). The legislation conflicts with, and is pre-empted by, federal labor law, and it would establish a damaging precedent for all types and sizes of businesses. The legislation specifically would require employees at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant to be paid prevailing wages. The bill would require the successor owner of the Indian Point facility to retain its workforce. The legislation would require the Department of Labor to oversee the payment of prevailing wage to employees at Indian Point until the facility is closed.
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 9:42 AM
IPPNY opposes S.5305-B (Harckham). This bill would require the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve the transfer of a “closed electric generator” to another entity. The term “closed electric generator” is not defined. The legislation would require the transfer and decommissioning of a closed electric generator to provide that its employees be retained by the successor entity and paid the prevailing wage.
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:26 AM
IPPNY strongly opposes S.6112 (Parker) / A.7376 (Cusick). These bills would allow utilities (combination gas and electric corporations) to own "renewable reclamation projects," in contravention of long-standing State policy that prohibits utility ownership of electric generating facilities, which could expose ratepayers needlessly to higher costs. The bills send the wrong investment signal to private independent developers of renewable energy and energy storage projects at exactly the wrong time, when the State has announced its goals to dramatically increase its renewable and energy storage resources and is seeking private sector investment to meet those goals. If adopted, these bills would have the immediate impact of chilling private sector energy investment in the state because private developers cannot compete with rate-regulated utilities that charge energy consumers for all costs.
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:49 PM
One of the most essential aspects to consider under the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) is the role of carbon offsets. The implementation of offsets allows for the continued use of efficient facilities that are the backbone of our reliable electric system while accounting for their emissions. Furthermore, the economy-wide approach needed to significantly cut emissions requires the flexibility for implementation that can be provided by offsets.
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:36 AM
IPPNY supports S.2352-B (Parker) / A.2720-B (Cusick). This legislation would require the State Energy Planning Board to determine the technical and economic feasibility and electric system reliability impact of meeting a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2030 or by 2050, along with a 100 percent greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction goal from 1990 levels by 2050, including an incremental target of at least a 50 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. The bills would evaluate whether and how these goals could be implemented in a way that preserves electric system reliability and protects consumers. This legislation would require the State Energy Planning Board to conduct and publish the study by September 1, 2020, and there would also be a public hearing and comment process on the study, as required under the existing Energy Planning Law.
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:32 PM
IPPNY President and CEO Gavin Donohue made the following statement in response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that the City is pursuing access to large-scale Canadian hydropower:
Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:04 PM
Addressing climate change and transitioning New York to a new energy future are important issues, and we appreciate the fostering of conversations on how the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) can address those topics. Senator Kaminsky, holding hearings, welcoming comments on such a complex topic, and recognizing this is an energy matter just as much as an environmental matter are reasoned and appropriate steps towards a practical solution.