ACE-NY 2010 Policy Agenda favors “one stop shop” for energy facility siting

Well, we brought you the New York State Towns Association’s legislative agenda, which calls for continued local control over wind and other energy facilities siting. Comes the policy agenda of the Alliance for Clean Energy, NY, which favors a state “one stop shop”, with local representation. The issue of (clean or otherwise) power plant siting oversight has been a constant irritant for municipalities, developers and utilities alike since the expiration of Article X some seven years ago.

ACE NY strongly supports the enactment of a law establishing a “one-stop shop” siting board for new power plants. We support a fuel neutral siting bill but believe that if any generation projects are provided with streamlined permitting, that priority should be provided for clean energy projects. Since clean energy generation sources should be the state’s preferred generation resources, they may warrant slightly different substantive and procedural treatment within a reenacted siting bill. A siting board would provide much-needed consistency in treatment of projects across the state; better interagency coordination of needed permit approvals; and clearer, streamlined time frames for all interested parties. ACE NY supports the inclusion of provisions for intervenor funding and inclusion of local representation on the board for specific project review, and is open to discussion as to the appropriate project size limit for inclusion in a new statewide siting law.

The policy agenda otherwise endorses more wind energy, including offshore.

Source: Final ACE NY Policy Agenda 2010.

Small wind gets RPS boost from PSC in New York state

Small wind, other renewable projects get a boost from New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). From the PSC:

The Commission [on March 25] approved more than $279 million over a five-year period for customer-sited
renewable energy projects as part of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. This funding will enable thousands of homeowners and businesses to install solar panels, fuel cells, wind turbines and other renewable energy devices.

Source: NYS PSC press release. Check here for the Commission’s decision in Case 03-E-0188.

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 2010 Wind Energy Recommendations

A bi-partisan group of 29 state governors, among them New York State Governor David Paterson, released a set of recommendations to advance the potential of wind power. The recommendations are:

  • Adopt a Renewable Electricity Standard
  • Develop New Interstate Electric Transmission System Infrastructure as Needed to Provide Access to Premier Renewable Energy both On-Shore and Offshore
  • Support Coastal, Deep Water, Offshore Wind Energy Technology Research and Development
  • Streamline Permitting Processes for Both Offshore and On-Shore Wind Development Projects
  • Dramatically Expand Wind Research, Innovation, and Collaboration
  • Extend the Treasury Department Grant Program Created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Adopt a Long-Term Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) with Provisions to Broaden the Pool of Investors Eligible to Participate

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 2010 Wind Energy Recommendations.

NYS Energy Program grants still to be awarded

It’s not too late to obtain Stimulus funding for state energy program projects. Yes, $40M in awards were announced earlier this month. However,  the next round of funding for the remaining $8.8 million has been announced with proposals due to NYSERDA on April 7, 2010. Visit http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1613rfp.asp for more information about RFP 1613.

Source:  www.ny.gov/governor.

North American WindPower magazine New York State feature article January 2010

North American WindPower magazine featured an article on the current state of New York State’s wind industry, cogently penned by the magazine’s editor, Mark Del Franco. (Disclosure: this blogger was interviewed for the article.)

The article, entitled “Usual Suspects Persist In New York Development,” is reprinted here with permission: North American Wind Power New York Feature Article January 2010

Check out North American WindPower magazine online here.

NYS Energy Plan to be released December 15

Agenda for December 15 meeting of the New York State Energy Planning Board. Scheduled for 11am, Tuesday 12/15. State Capitol Building, Room 250, Albany, New York.

Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting is also available through webcast:

New York wind power and related updates

From around the web:

US Offshore Wind Collaborative releases “U.S. Offshore Wind Energy: A Path Forward” report. The report sums up New York offshore initiatives (pp. 12, 15) as follows:

In September 2008, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and Consolidated Edison, Inc. (two New York-based utilities) initiated a joint study to determine suitable locations, wind energy resources, and transmission and interconnection requirements for a large wind project off Long Island. Analysis concluded that 700 MW of wind power capacity would be feasible, provided appropriate upgrades are made to the existing transmission system.

LIPA and Consolidated Edison then formed a collaborative with several other entities interested in supporting or purchasing power from a potential 350-MW wind farm 13 miles off Rockaway, possibly expandable to the full 700 MW target. Partners included the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the New York-New Jersey Port Authority.

This collaborative issued a Request for Information in July 2009, seeking input on the proposed project from the wind industry and other stakeholders on the proposed project.

To carry out an initiative known as the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project, the New York Power Authority gathered support from wind power proponents including National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the University of Buffalo, wind power developers, and state and local environmental organizations. This combined effort is gathering a wide range of technical, financial, economic development, and environmental information that would be a basis for large-scale (capacity greater than 120 MW) private wind power development in the state’s future.

NYSERDA Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 1283 – deadline for submissions December 2, 2009.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals to establish New York-based wind and photovoltaic (PV) test and research centers to address performance of wind and solar PV systems. The Centers will focus on testing and research related to system and component safety, performance, reliability, durability and longevity. Each Center will be made up of a coalition that could include university and private team members with expertise in the appropriate areas. The test center(s) will have physical testing at one or more locations in New York State. Teams may propose to establish a PV test and research center, a wind test and research center, or both. It is anticipated that one PV center and one wind center will be selected for funding.

New York City Buildings Department issues BULLETIN 2009-015 to establish “a protocol for acceptance criteria development, testing and approval of wind turbine product assemblies”:

In accordance with Section 28-113 of the Administrative Code, products that are identified in the Construction Codes or that the Commissioner identifies must be tested in accordance with national consensus standards by a Department-approved testing agency and be listed by such testing agency as having passed the acceptance standards of the test. In the case of wind turbine assemblies to be mounted on or near buildings or in otherwise occupied areas, there is no such national consensus standard for other than electrical components and there is no nationally recognized testing laboratory that performs testing on wind turbine assemblies. As wind turbines have the promise of generating distributed renewable power, in recognition of New York City’s long-term PlaNYC initiative to reduce carbon emissions and in the interest of the safety of New Yorkers, the Department establishes the following protocol by which manufacturers may have their products approved by the Commissioner.