January 19, 2016 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Gordian Raacke 516-313-6611 (m) - info@RenewableEnergyLongIsland.org
Joint Statement of Support for
LIPA’s Planned Adoption of Shared Renewable Energy Program
aka “Community Distributed Generation Net Meter Program”
[Long Island, NY, January 19, 2016] A diverse group of organizations representing environmental groups, environmental and social justice groups, public health organizations, community groups, municipalities and clean energy companies, came together today to support plans by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to continue to grow and expand access to renewable energy on Long Island and to move Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision forward.
LIPA has proposed to implement -- through a tariff change -- a shared renewable energy program (“Community Distributed Generation Net Meter Program”) that will significantly expand renewable energy opportunities on Long Island and conforms with NYS Public Service Commission direction to investor-owned utilities in the rest of the state.
We commend LIPA/PSEG LI on this forward thinking and far reaching proposal that follows on the action taken by LIPA Trustees at their December meeting to eliminate the net metering cap (from a 3% limit) for customers’ renewable energy systems. Taken together these measures will ensure greater access to and long-term certainty as customer adoption of renewable energy technology continues to grow on Long Island.
The shared renewable energy program eliminates the requirement that customers’ renewable energy systems must be installed on customers’ individual properties. Instead, a larger renewable energy system, such as a solar array can now be installed anywhere in the LIPA service territory and a number of customers receive their share of energy as a credit on their electric bills. This will enable many Long Islanders to choose solar for the first time helping them to save money and unleash significant private investment into Long Island’s growing clean energy economy.
The program is expected to enlarge the market for customer based solar arrays significantly because the traditional model of individual rooftop solar panels does not work for many of consumers. For instance, renters and home or business owners with shading on their roofs are unable to go solar under the current models available to them.
The following 27 organizations have endorsed this statement:
Jorie Latham, Accabonac Protection Committee
Jessica Azulay, Program Director, Alliance for a Green Economy
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Alexander Peters, President, Amagansett-Springs Aquifer Protection
Michael Seilback, VP Public Policy & Communications, American Lung Association of the Northeast
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Jeremy Samuelson, Executive Director, Concerned Citizens of Montauk
Susan Harder, Founder, Dark Sky Society
Ron Kamen, CEO, Earthkind Energy
Mike Bottini, Co-chair, Eastern Long Island Chapter of Surfrider Foundation
Robert S. DeLuca, President, Group for the East End
Helene Forst, Chairperson, Long Island Businesses For Responsible Energy, Inc.
Lisa Tyson, Executive Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition
Jackson Morris, Director Eastern Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council
Marcia Bystryn, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
T. James Matthews, Chair, Northwest Alliance
Kathleen Cunningham, Chair, Quiet Skies Coalition
Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island
Julie Burmeister, Coordinator, Save Bridgehampton Main Street
Lynne Brown, Co-chairperson, Save East Hampton
Lisa Dix, Sr. New York Representative, Sierra Club
Rick Umoff, Counsel & Regulatory Affairs Manager of State Affairs, Solar Energy Industry Association
Neal Lewis, Esq., Executive Director, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
Fred Zalcman, Managing Director, Government Affairs, Northeast States, SunEdison
Hilary Pearson, Director, Government Affairs, Sungevity
Edwina von Gal, Founder & President, The Perfect Earth Project
Larry Cantwell, Supervisor, Town of East Hampton
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