Cuomo’s Energy Czar Defends Near-Privatization of LIPA Over Alternatives

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The Cuomo administration’s top energy official defended a plan that would all but privatize the Long Island Power Authority, arguing that a competing proposal to restructure it as a fully municipalized public utility would be unwieldy and could perpetuate political meddling. “Municipalization could take many of the problems LIPA has had for years and make them even worse,” Richard Kauffman, the governor’s chairman for energy and finance, said in an email to City & State on Thursday. “It would mean… [More]

New York’s Energy Policy Is Hitting Some Bumps, Panelists Say

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a number of steps to revamp New York’s energy policy since taking office, but critics still have found plenty to criticize in the direction the state is moving. At City & State’s State of Our State conference in Albany on Tuesday, panelists took issue with the governor’s proposed overhaul of the Long Island Power Authority, a portion of the New York Energy Highway initiative to upgrade transmission lines, the fate of hydraulic fracturing and more.… [More]

The Green Governor: Can Cuomo Deliver On His Environmental Agenda?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done plenty to please environmentalists over the past few months. In his State of the State address Cuomo called for stricter caps on greenhouse gases, unveiled a new “energy czar” and announced plans for a $1 billion “green bank” and a statewide network of charging stations for electric cars. Environmental groups praised the budget he signed this year, which boosts funding for mass transit, increases capital spending for parks and diverts more money to the state’s… [More]

Expert Roundtable: Environment

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MATTHEW DRISCOLL President and CEO, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Q: What does the Environmental Facilities Corporation do? MD: It is the arm of the Cuomo administration that helps communities finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Q: What is your top priority? MD: My top priority is to help municipalities take advantage of our low interest rates to finance infrastructure that is critical to ensuring sustainable communities. Creating an efficient wastewater system or a reliable drinking water supply can be… [More]

Frack Inaction: Hydrofracking Foes Target IDC In Moratorium Push

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say over whether hydraulic fracturing is allowed in New York—but some hydrofracking opponents are shifting their focus to lawmakers to pass a two-year moratorium on the controversial method of drilling for natural gas. Drilling foes see a potential for a breakthrough in the state Senate, which has traditionally been more supportive of hydrofracking but where state Sen. Jeff Klein and his breakaway Independent Democratic Conference could be in a position to play a… [More]

NRG Study Backs Repowering Of Dunkirk Power Plant

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With its coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk struggling to stay open, NRG Energy released a study yesterday that supports its proposal to “repower” the plant to run on cheaper natural gas. The study, commissioned by NRG, predicts that the repowering project would lower wholesale energy prices in the region and around the state, reduce dirty emissions, create jobs and avoid having to build long-distance transmission lines to import electricity from out of state. “The takeaway is that the study shows… [More]

Indian Point Defenders Incensed At Plan To Shut Plant

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The state’s Public Service Commission is holding a hearing today on part of a $811 million contingency plan submitted by Con Edison and the New York Power Authority for the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant – and defenders of the plant, who say the plan is being rushed through, are incensed. “This is like a forced cost on Con Ed and NYPA ratepayers, and NYPA ratepayers are all over the state,” said Jerry Kremer, the chairman of… [More]