As RPS Expires Four Clean Energy Projects Awarded Funding

Photo by Chuck Coker

Photo by Chuck Coker

In mid-November the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Public Service Commission awarded a total of $206 million to several clean energy projects.  Announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the funding was made available through the auspices of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.

The executive director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Anne Reynolds reacted to the news:

“The Alliance for Clean Energy New York applauds this exciting news and commends the Administration’s ongoing commitment to clean energy investment. By all accounts this was a highly competitive solicitation, with some strong projects selected and some strong projects not selected. There is still a vast untapped pool of renewable energy in New York, and we urge the state to continue its leadership role in clean energy by designing a next-generation RPS to be implemented starting in 2016.”

Ms. Reynolds added the following:

“The RPS continues to be a win for New York’s environment and economy.  This latest procurement underscores the great success of the program, which is currently set to expire at the end of 2015. With that deadline looming, the state needs to take action and develop an aggressive plan for investment in clean energy beyond 2015. With a new, next-generation RPS, New York can continue to meet an increasing portion of its electricity needs with clean and carbon-free power while promoting economic development and building a diverse energy supply. We look forward to working with the PSC, NYSERDA, and other stakeholders on the design and implementation of a new and improved RPS.”

New York About to Embark on Large Energy Savings Plan

NYEM Headquarters. Photo courtesy of NYPA

NYEM Headquarters. Photo courtesy of NYPA

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his administration’s latest idea to help reduce power usage in public buildings and thus save tax payers millions of dollars over the coming years.

The plan is called the New York Energy Manager, or NYEM, and will consist of a center which will provide public buildings all over the state with real-time information on their energy use. The information will then be used to help building managers to improve their energy performance, resulting in decreases utility bills. The center will be headquartered at the State University of New York’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The NYEM was designed by, and is being deployed and managed by the New York Power Authority. NYEM’s mandate is not only to help public facilities reduce their energy usage and running costs; it will also take on the responsibility of helping the state to lower emissions of greenhouse gasses, and to create more jobs in the growing green marketplace.

“The NY Energy Manager leverages the very best in smart technology to help the State save millions of dollars a year on energy costs,” Governor Cuomo said. “This facility serves as a statewide energy monitoring hub that will allow us to lower utility expenses, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and continue fostering a robust clean energy economy. I am pleased to see this partnership between NYPA and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute officially opened, because it is another integral part of our approach to creating a cleaner, greener state for all New Yorkers.”

New York City Pledging Large Energy Savings

Climate Change Big Issue at UN Summit

Climate Change Big Issue at UN Summit

A new initiative for New York to become more energy efficient and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be announced in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. New York City is planning on a huge general overhaul of its present energy-efficiency standards for all of its public buildings as well as persuading private landlords to comply with the new standards by making similar improvements in their energy consumption.

The initiative is part of a promise which big cities around the world are expected to make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The United States has said that this is the goal developed countries need to reach in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

New York City will need to dedicate at least $1 billion of its capital funding towards improving the city buildings during the coming ten years, according to administration officials. That does not include private building changes. Officials say the increased spending will be included into the city’s 10-year capital plan, which will be publicized in the beginning of next year.

“Global warming was much more of an abstraction to New York City until two years ago,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview, alluding to Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 caused 44 deaths and resulted in $19 billion of damage to the city. “There’s a moral imperative to act.”

New York Puts Their Money Where the Energy Savings Is

logoThe Energy $mart New Construction Program in New York was launched in order to encourage buildings to incorporate energy efficient and renewable energy resources into construction and operation. A large variety of entities are eligible to become part of the program, including government facilities, non-profit organizations, health-care facilities, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities.

The NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is behind the program, which also allows agricultural, commercial, industrial/manufacturing, institutional and multi-family buildings over 5 units to participate.

The sum of $91 million has been allotted to conduct technical assessments of how efficient energy use can be utilized in a particular building’s design and structure. The money will also be used to compensate for the extra capital expenses required to purchase and install energy efficient equipment and devices, up to 75 percent.

There is also money available from the program for technical assistance, whole-building design, LEED projects and commissioning services. The program began on January 4, 2012, and will continue funding on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31, 2015.

IDT Energy is an ESCO

ESCOs Help Consumers Save

ESCO stands for “Energy Service Company.” When the power supply utility companies in New York were deregulated, ESCOs, including IDT Energy, came into being. Competition was introduced into an area which was essentially populated with monopolies which had government protection as well as regulation.

 

With deregulation came the competition which allowed prices, and services to bring in customers, hopefully encouraging the quality of services provided as well as helping to keep costs competitive.

Under this system energy service is divided into two parts, the supply of energy and its delivery. IDT Energy offers a “Switch and Save” program which allows consumers to choose IDT Energy as their supplier, while their local utility, such as Con Edison, remains in charge of power delivery.

Consumers are not compelled to switch to an ESCO, but in many cases, as when switching to IDT Energy, it is possible to save money on the monthly bill for electricity and natural gas.

IDT Energy Brings Power to Your Door

Have you ever thought about how important electricity is in the world we live? In today’s world we almost take electricity for granted, but if you try and imagine what the world would be like without electricity, you would be startled to know that life as we know it today would be virtually impossible. Another astounding fact is that it has not even been 150 years since Thomas Edison created the first practical electric light bulb in 1879.

IDT Energy is one place where New Yorkers go to get their electricity, helping to power today’s lifestyles.

IDT Energy Suggests Blowing the Heat Away

IDT Energy understands that in the summer it is possible to spend much more on electricity than at other times of the year. In New York especially there is a great need to run air conditioning units day and night, trying to keep as cool as possible during the humid and hot summers which New york is so famous for. IDT Energy presents here some tips to keeping things cool while still using less electricity.

1.    Come the evening it is often cool enough to turn of the a/c and turn on a fan. Let the cooler air blow on you to cool you down. Try both ceiling fans and floor based fans. They use a fraction of the electricity that air conditioners use, and may be just the thing to keep you comfortable.

2.    Banish hot air. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen to get that extra hot air out of the house. If there is no exhaust fan, just put a floor fan in the kitchen and let it blow while you are cooking. It will help keep the cook cool while blowing the hot air out of the kitchen.

IDT Energy Summertime A.C. Tips

Summertime is here and IDT Energy is making it possible for its customers to stay cool even on the hottest days by supplying the electricity that is needed to power the huge number of air conditioning units which are keeping people cool through-out New York City.

Because of the heat and humidity which characterizes a typical New York city summer, air conditioners have a hard time running efficiently, but here are a few steps people can take to get the best out of their air conditioners.

1.    Don’t meddle with the thermostat.  Set your thermostat to 78 degrees, and don’t be tempted to lower it in order to cool the house down faster. It won’t help. If anything, raise the thermostat a few degrees when you leave the house. Even better, get a programmable thermostat and only have the a/c turn on when you are about to come home.

2.    Draw the curtains during the day so the hot sun’s rays don’t enter the house. Especially if no one is home and there is no need for natural light to see by, closed curtains can help keep your home much cooler.

More tips next time.

New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out

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At IDT Energy we are always looking for ways for our customers to save more: more energy and more money on their utility bills. One great way to realize a lot of savings is by participating in the “New York Great Appliance Swap Out.” the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is making a special effort this Earth Day to encourage New Yorkers to “Buy Green to Save Green.”

This initiative has already provided almost $13.6 million in help to over 125,000 New York residents to reduce their energy expenses. There is now $3.2 million available to New Yorkers who are interested in replacing their old, energy wasting appliances with models which are brand new, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Swap-Out works by giving consumers up to $555 as a rebate towards their purchase of high efficiency refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. Funding is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.) All funds will be allocated by the end of the year, and consumers can keep track of how much funding still remains by going to www.NYApplianceSwapOut.com.

“New Yorkers can honor Earth Day well past April 22nd by participating in the Great Appliance Swap Out,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.

“This program gives consumers the opportunity to replace their old, inefficient appliances with energy-efficient models that will help reduce our carbon footprint, all with the added benefit of a cash rebate. High efficiency appliances conserve energy, lower energy costs, and lessen the impact energy can have on the environment.”

Heat Saving Ideas for the Winter from IDT Energy

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In our last post IDT Energy discussed ways to get the heat into your house in a cost saving manner, such as exposing your home to daytime sunshine, lowering your thermostat and installing a programmable thermostat.

Here are some ideas on how to keep the heat you’ve paid so dearly for to stay inside where it belongs:

  • When is the last time you checked the insulation in your attic? How about your ceilings, exterior walls, basement walls, crawl spaces and floors? Make sure the insulation is adequate for the climate that you live in. New York can have extremely harsh winters, and good insulation can make a huge difference in your heating costs.
  • Check for air leaks around windows and doors, then use caulk and weather stripping to seal them.
  • Be sure to replace the filters on your furnace regularly to keep the warm air flowing into your house efficiently.
  • IDT Energy wishes you and your family a wonderful warm winter in New York.