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Energy Committee Update - February 4, 2015

Governor Cuomo State of Opportunity Address

LNG

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on January 27, 2015 filed with the New York State Department of State; new rules which define a permitting program for the siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.  The newly filed Part 570 is effective February 26, 2015.

The regulations largely incorporate the National Fire Protection Association standards on this subject. Part 570 was amended this fall to provide an upper limit of 70,000 gallons on the amount of LNG that a facility is permitted to store. The new rules will allow LNG storage facilities to be built in New York City for the first time since a moratorium on LNG facilities was imposed in 1973.

Upcoming Energy Meetings

New York Statewide Winter Energy Tour
The New York Statewide Winter Energy Tour is coming to a close shortly. The Tour provides information on the NY Prize -- a $40 million competition to enlist communities to advance plans for local power infrastructure designed to promote clean energy, reliability, resiliency, and affordability.
People can sign up for a tour stop here.

The Final Dates are as follows:

Mohawk Valley, February 4, 2015
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica

Capital District, February 4, 2015
The Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany

Western NY, February 12, 2015
University at Buffalo

PSC Holds Hearings on Energy Regulatory Reform Initiative

The hearings are intended to give members of the public an opportunity to be heard concerning the August 22, 2014 straw proposal issued by the Staff of the New York State Department of Public Service (Staff) entitled "Developing the REV Market in New York: DPS Staff Straw Proposal on Track One Issues." The Business Council will appear at the February 5th hearing.

The Final Dates are as follows:

Kingston, Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Council Chambers
City Hall
420 Broadway
Kingston, New York 12401
Information Session 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing 7:00 p.m.

Albany, Thursday, February 5, 2015
State University of New York at Albany
Page Hall
135 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
Information Session 6:00 p.m.
Public Statement Hearing 7:00 p.m.

Yonkers Tuesday February 10, 2015
Yonkers Public Library
Grinton I. Will Branch
1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10710
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Information Session
7:00 p.m. Public Statement Hearing

Rochester: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Rochester City Hall
City Council Chambers -- Room 302A
30 Church Street
Rochester New York 14614
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Information Session
7:00 p.m. Public Statement Hearing

Binghamton: Thursday February 12, 2015
Binghamton City Hall
38 Hawley Street
Binghamton, New York 13901
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Information Session
7:00 p.m. Public Statement Hearing

Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC

Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC proposes to construct and operate a new underground liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility for the storage and distribution of propane and butane on a portion of a 576-acre site located on NYS Routes 14 and 14A west of Seneca Lake in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, and approximately 2.5 miles north of the Village of Watkins Glen. The storage facility will use existing underground caverns in the Syracuse salt formation created by US Salt (an affiliate of Finger Lakes) and its predecessors' salt production operations. The existing caverns are located near the western shore of Lake Seneca, and associated surface facilities would extend uphill to the west with compressors, brine ponds, and distribution operations along Route 14 south of the junction of Route 14A, and along Route 14A west of the intersection with Route 14.

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 624.4(b), a pre-adjudicatory hearing issues conference will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 10:00 AM, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2666 Corning Road, Horseheads, New York, 14845. If needed, the Issues Conference will continue on Friday, February 13, 2015. The purpose of the issues conference is to determine party status for any person who has properly filed a petition (as indicated below) and to define the scope of issues, if any, that require adjudication with regard to the application before the Department. Please note that participation at the issues conference is limited to Department staff, applicant, and those persons requesting party status.

Additional information can be obtained at http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/99319.html or http://www.fingerlakeslpgstorage.com/

EUCI New York Power Summit

April 20-21, 2015
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York, NY

The New York (NY) Power Summit will discuss the REV initiative, the DSP and its impact on the industry. In addition, the NY Power Summit will examine the promise vs. the practical development reality of microgrids and their role going forward. The roster of distinguished speakers will also confront the salient elements, trajectories and consequences of many important (and often competing) regulatory, market and technology forces. Finally, the NY Power Summit will evaluate the various state efforts to finance and encourage clean energy markets sufficient to ensure a robust, sustainable power delivery system.

Darren Suarez of the Business Council will be moderating a panel entitled “Business Model and Financing – Evolution of State Support”.

Renewable Energy Conference

A Leadership Forum on Energy Policy: Transformation in Federal and State Energy Markets and Impacts on Renewable Supply

Wednesday, April 29 - Thursday, April 30, 2015
Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York
For Preliminary Agenda, Online Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities click here

Next Energy Committee Meeting

When: February 12, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at The Business Council Corporate Woods Office
12 Corporate Wood Blvd, fourth floor. Directions

Join us for a meeting of the Energy Committee on January 15, 2015 at The Business Council's Corporate Woods Office. This meeting will also is available via webcast - register here. Attending in person...click here to register.

Mark you calendar now for future Energy Committee meetings.

All meetings will be held at The Business Council 's Corporate Woods Office, 12 Corporate Wood Blvd, fourth floor at 2:00 p.m. Directions
March 12, 2015 - attending register here - webinar registration click here
April 9, 2015 - attending register here - webinar registration click here
May 14, 2015 - attending register here - webinar registration click here
June 11, 2015 - attending register here - webinar registration click here