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Energy Committee Update

September 17, 2013
Contact: Darren Suarez

September 25th Energy Committee Meeting

On September 25th at 11, in Bolton Landing, NY Greg Hale Senior Advisor, Energy & Finance Office of the Governor, will provide an opportunity to learn more about the NY Green Bank. The goal of NY Green Bank is “to accelerate deployment of clean energy by removing barriers in financing markets.”   The Green Bank does not intend to compete with private sector entities but will instead partner with them, nor will its principal role be to provide subsidy. The Bank will focus its activities on clean energy projects that are economically viable but not currently financeable.

Agenda for the Meeting

New President and CEO of NYSERDA

John B. Rhodes was announced as the next president and chief executive officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 

Mr. Rhodes was most recently the Director of the Center for Market Innovation (CMI) for the Natural Resources Defense Council. CMI channels private sector capital towards environmentally beneficial investments, currently focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure and sustainable food and agriculture. Prior to that, he spent three years acting as Chief Operating Officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm specializing in energy efficiency as well as renewable and traditional energy markets, where he oversaw operations, strategy and portfolio companies. In addition, Mr. Rhodes was a partner in Booz Allen Hamilton, consulting globally for clients across a range of technology-intensive industries, including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Indian Point Public Hearing

On September 30th chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, Senator George Maziarz, has called a public hearing to examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments put forward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceeding being conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission.  The Business Council will be providing testimony at the event.

Environmental Committee Chairman’s Award

The application and instructions for the Environmental Committee Chairman's Award has been posted. The award is intended to recognize a specific project developed by an individual, organization, or business which demonstrated a notable contribution in conserving resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, or developing innovate approaches to environmental challenges.

The nominated finalists will be invited to appear at the 2013 Annual Industry-Environment Conference on October 17th. During workshop #3 at the conference, nominees will explain their project, and will provide the audience with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more. At the completion of the workshop a winner of the award will be chosen from the nominated finalists. The Award presentation will be made at the luncheon on Thursday, October 17.

Business Council Seeks Regulatory Reform

The Business Council is working with the Cuomo Administration and the legislature to improve the state’s regulatory climate. We are asking Business Council members to help us identify regulatory requirements that impose unnecessary compliance burdens on your business and to provide us with recommendations.

Please use this link to provide us with your ideas.

PSC to Review Green Bank, EEPS, and RPS

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is seeking comments on three inter-related proposals affecting New York’s portfolio of clean energy programs, i.e., New York Green Bank (NYGB), the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), and the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS). The proposals under consideration, with their filing dates, consist of the following:

The Commission is also seeking initial comments on a series of informational reports filed by NYSERDA on September 5th and 9th concerning the RPS. This step is the first phase of the Commission’s planned 2013 assessment of the program. For the Main Tier of the RPS Program, the documents consist of a summary and three separate volumes: Program Review Introduction; Current Portfolio Analysis; and Projected Impact from Using Available Uncommitted Funds. For the Customer-Sited Tier, a report on Market Evaluation, Program Expectation and Funding Consideration for 2013-2015 and a report on Impact Evaluation for solar PV and on-site wind programs were submitted.

Additional the PSC  will convene three technical conferences, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the New York State Department of Public Service’s Albany Offices, 19th floor, 3 Empire State Plaza.