News Release | Environment New York

Hotter Summers Coming to New York

Environment New York marked the first day of summer by urging leaders at all levels of government to tackle climate change. According to scientists at Climate Central, global warming pollution will fuel even hotter summers in the future. Summer temperatures in New York are already 1.6 degrees hotter now, on average, than in the 1970s. Without action to eliminate global warming pollution, summer temperatures here in New York could rise by more than 9 degrees by the end of the century. That would make summer days in New York feel more like they do now in South Carolina. 

News Release | Environment New York

New York ranks 7th so far this year in solar added

A new analysis released today by SEIA/GTM Research shows New York ranks 7th for solar installations in the first quarter of 2017. Nationally, solar accounted for 30 percent of new energy capacity in that time. The report comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $1.65 billion investment in renewable energy, following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. 

News Release | Environment New York Research & Policy Center

New York City among region’s solar leaders

New York has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 7th among dozens of metropolitan areas according to a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. Buffalo also made an admirable showing and ranks 34th for total solar panels in the nation.

The report comes as advocates push the state to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy goal, and officials consider ways to expand solar to more residents in New York City.

“By using solar power here in New York City, we can reduce pollution and improve public health for everyday New Yorker,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “To realize these benefits, city leaders should continue to embrace a big vision for solar on rooftops throughout the community.”

 

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Report highlights bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns

With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment New York Research & Policy Center. “Pollution-free solar energy represents New York’s most abundant energy resource” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.  “For our climate and our environment, we can’t allow special interest forces in the fossil fuel industry to pull the plug on the bright potential of solar power.”

News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York among nation’s solar leaders

New York, NY – New York has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 8th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Big Apple’s place, highest among Northeastern cities, was owed primarily to the statewide NY-SUN Initiative, advocates said today.

“Thanks to its forward-thinking programs and leaders like Governor Andrew Cuomo,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, “our report shows that New York really shines when it comes to solar power.”

News Release | Environment New York

NYC to Launch New Solar Program

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced Solarize NYC, a new solar incentive program. The new Solarize NYC program will allow communities — including neighborhoods, business districts and houses of worship among other affiliations— to join together to form single purchasing groups. This benefits communities by giving them greater buying power than individual entities, while encouraging solar developers to build out capacity and sell power to community groups. Groups can apply through a new website, nycsolarize.com

News Release | Environment New York

Target making inroads on solar power, but Environment New York “expects more”

Target has pledged to put solar panels on a quarter of its stores, but the company could cut pollution dramatically and even save its customers money by putting panels on all of its nearly 2,000 rooftops in North America, advocacy group Environment New York said today.

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Report: Opponents backing attacks on solar energy across the country, report says

A national network of utility interest groups and fossil-fuel industry-funded think tanks is providing funding, model legislation, and political cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, and would-be solar power owners could pay the price, said a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

The Heartland Institute, a think tank with backing from the fossil fuel industry, has spread misleading information about the impacts of solar energy, and helped American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) draft legislation designed to repeal renewable electricity standards, according to the analysis, Blocking the Sun: 12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power.

And our report shows they’re using the same playbook all across the country.

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