News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Progress on Energy Storage Can Expedite New York’s Shift to Clean Energy

People have known for decades that virtually unlimited energy resources like solar and wind energy are cleaner and healthier than energy produced by dirty fuels. But, utilities and consumers occasionally express concern about the variability and dependability of those renewable sources. Those concerns are fading with the emergence of game-changing energy storage technologies. According to a new white paper released today by Environment New York, the rapid growth of less expensive wind and solar energy and the plummeting costs of energy storage have led to a six-fold increase in energy storage capacity (excluding pumped hydropower) over the past decade.  

“As renewable energy production rises, energy storage is increasingly becoming a ‘go-to’ option for utilities, businesses and homeowners,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. "But many people are still unaware that it’s ready for prime time. We need to educate our policymakers about how the smart use of energy storage can make our transition to clean, renewable energy possible.”

News Release | Environment New York

NYC's “People’s Hearing” on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Today, the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the New York City Office of the Mayor, in partnership with NYC Councilmember Costa Constantinides, Environmental Protection Committee Chair, and The New School, presented the New York City People’s Hearing on the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The Trump administration will not be holding hearings in New York on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan—the first-ever nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants. The “People’s Hearing” will ensure New Yorkers’ voices are heard on this important measure. 

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, gave the following testimony: 

News Release | Environment America

Federal regulators reject Rick Perry proposal to bail out coal and nuclear plants

Federal regulators have rejected a proposal from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize unnecessary and aging coal and nuclear power plants at the expense of cleaner, more affordable energy options. The proposed rule was a not-so-thinly veiled effort to prop up dying fossil fuels and undermine modern, clean, renewable energy.

News Release | Environment New York

Offshore drilling proposal threatens America’s coasts and marine wildlife

Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment New York denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling.    

“Oil and gas drilling is an inherently dirty and dangerous business. There is simply no safe way to drill,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “By allowing offshore drilling in more of our coastal waters, the Trump administration increases the chances of a dangerous oil spill. Opening these areas to drilling endangers sea life including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, as well as the life and livelihoods of New Yorkers and all Americans in coastal communities.”

News Release | Environment New York

State of the State: Leading the Way on Climate

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state address discussed a range of pro-environmental initiatives. The Governor's announcement included proposals to: expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; issue solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster offshore wind industry; create the zero cost Solar for All Program for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers; as well as directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to adopt regulations to close all coal plants.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:

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