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:

NYS Energy Planning Board meeting June 19

NYS Energy Planning Board to meet June 19, 2009, commencing at 1:00 p.m.

Where: State Capitol Building, Rm 250, Albany NY. Meeting also to be available online. See notice below.

Board will, among other things, review the status of the state energy plan.

Guest Notice – Energy Planning Board Mtg – June 19 2009

New York State Energy Planning Board issues interim report

The Energy Coordinating Working Group (ECWG) of the New York State Energy Planning Board has issued an Interim Report for public review and comment. This Interim Report provides a set of preliminary findings that have emerged from the ECWG’s work on the 2009 State Energy Plan to date, and is intended to provide a context and discussion of the issues that the 2009 State Energy Plan must address to meet the State’s energy needs.

The Interim Report can be found at the New York State Energy Plan website.

With respect to wind energy as a state resource, the interim report indicates

…Significant potential remains for the development of large-scale wind generation, both on-land and off-shore in the coastal waters of New York. As a power generation resource, wind provides intermittent energy to the system,[FN: Wind and solar resources are referred to as intermittent because they are generally limited to providing power to the electric grid when the relevant fuel sources (wind and sun) are available. Adequate reserve and balancing power capability, usually provided by conventional electric system resources, must be available to reliably integrate intermittent generation resources into the bulk power system.] and the wind turbines must be located at sites of greatest potential for electricity generation. The intermittent nature of these resources presents technical challenges to integration with the bulk transmission system so that system reliability is not adversely affected. These challenges have been met successfully to date for the amount of wind generation interconnected to the New York grid. However, large additions of new wind resources will make additional demands on the bulk transmission system and grid operators.

The optimal locations for new on-land and off-shore wind generation indicate that additional transmission resources will likely be needed to deliver these indigenous resources to New York customers; however, siting of these renewable generation facilities, and their associated infrastructure can be controversial.

Comments on the Interim Report will be accepted through May 15, 2009. Procedures for filing either electronic comments or written comments can be found on the website. The ECWG encourages stakeholders to submit their comments electronically, whenever possible.

In accordance with the schedule for the 2009 State Energy Plan, a Draft Plan will be issued on July 15, 2009. Following a Public Hearing period, the schedule of which will be issued in the near future, the Final Plan is scheduled to be published on October 15, 2009.

If you need assistance filing comments, please don’t hesitate to call on us to see if we can assist you.

NYS Energy Planning Board meeting December 11

The announcement follows. Meeting to be held December 11, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in the State Capitol Building. To include staff update on Energy Plan development. Also to be online.

See announcement: nys_energy_planning_board_meeting_20081211

New NYS Energy Planning Board kicks off

The first meeting of the state’s new Energy Planning Board occurred May 6, 2008, before a standing-room-only crowd. The board was created by executive order of NY Gov. David Paterson.

According to press reports, the Board intends to create a website and otherwise engage the public in its deliberations, as well as to hold a half-dozen public hearings after release of the draft plan, scheduled for March 2009, and before publication of the final plan, to be released three months later. Without doubt an ambitious time line.

The last state energy plan, issued in June 2002, and per NYSERDA, “designed to keep New York at the forefront among the states in providing its citizens with fairly priced, clean, and efficient energy resources” may be found on NYSERDA’s website.

One would anticipate wind energy to play a more important role in this new energy plan than it did in the last one. Wind energy was not specifically referenced in the executive summary of the 2002 plan and barely made an explicit appearance in the plan’s findings and conclusions or policy objectives and recommendations. Wind’s potential was, however, described with some detail in plan section 3-3.