Environmental Organizations Applaud Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy for our Island
Farmingdale, NY – Today the Long Island Power Authority and PSEG-Long Island released a long awaited draft plan for current and future energy needs for Long Island. New York has a target to source 50 percent of energy from renewables, including a target to add 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power to New York’s grid, by 2030. The cost effective investments in offshore wind, energy efficiency and new renewable energy under the draft plan positions the utility to comply with New York State’s targets and outlines a bold path forward for transformation to a 21st century utility.
The three year study concluded that sinking more ratepayer funds in outdated fossil fuel power plants and building new gas plants is unnecessary given the high $5 billion cost, the reduced prices of natural gas and the fact that these outdated investments are not needed for grid reliability. Instead, the findings conclude that the most cost effective new investments will increase the growth of renewable energy from 2017 through 2030 in order to better balance and diversify Long Island’s energy needs and will stabilize and reduce costs for bill payers. The utility plans on adding 800 megawatts of offshore wind and solar in addition to 950 megawatts of rooftop solar, other renewables and energy saving measures.
Highlights of LIPA/PSEG 2017 LI Integrated Resource Plan findings
- Flat Forecasts: LIPA revised its long-term load forecasts downward now predicting virtually no growth through 2035. 1,700 MW decline by 2030 compared to 2013 forecast (equal to 3 – 5 large power plants).
- Historic Tipping Point: Instead of continued investments in outdated fossil fueled power plants, LIPA now plans to add build out renewable energy on Long Island.
- Fossil Power Going Down: Power production at Long Island’s legacy power plants has declined since 1999 from about 50% runtime to as little as 11% and is projected decline even further by 2030.
- Repowering Can’t Compete with Renewables: electricity from new or refurbished large power plants would cost as much or more than current renewable energy sources. Renewable energy is now cost competitive and future costs are expected to decline further.
- Modern Grid Additions: Instead of investing in large fossil generators, renewable energy technologies will be augmented by more flexible peaking generators, battery storage, smart grid controls and energy demand management, and distributed energy sources.
- 50% Renewables by 2030: LIPA's new Energy Guide envisions dramatic growth of renewable energy from 2017 through 2030, in line with NY State mandate to meet half of state’s electricity consumption from renewable energy sources.
- Clean Power for 350,000 Homes: 800 MW of solar & offshore wind power will provide enough power for 350,000 homes by 2030, in addition to 950 MW of energy efficiency savings, rooftop solar energy and other renewables.
- More Offshore: Governor Cuomo’s 2,400 MW of offshore wind power will likely be off Long Island’s shores and interconnect to the electric grid on Long Island.
- Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy: In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo laid out New York’s long term objective to meet 100% of our energy needs from renewables by saying: “We want to get 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 and we are not going to stop until we reach 100 percent renewable because that’s what a sustainable New York is really all about.”
In response, environmentalists released the following statements:Read more
The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum will take place on June 28, 2017
The 2nd annual South Fork 100% Renewable Energy Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 12:30PM to 6:15PM at LTV in Wainscott. With both Southampton and East Hampton townships now aiming to meet community-wide electricity needs 100% with renewable energy sources, elected officials, energy experts and community stakeholders will be gathering to learn, discuss and plan for the energy transformation of Long Island's South Fork.
The event, organized by Renewable Energy Long Island and co-sponsored by the Towns of East Hampton and Southampton, is open to the public and free of charge but RSVPs are required as space is limited.
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP today to reserve your seat.
75 Industrial Rd
Wainscott, NY 11975
11:30 AM Pre-program activity (outside):
Tesla Airstream display of Tesla PowerWall (Home Battery Storage), Tesla Solar Roof, and Tesla cars
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Registration, Light Lunch and Initiation of the Mapping Exercise
1:00 – 1:05 PM
Welcome: Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee
1:05 PM –1:25 PM
The South Fork as Leading Edge of New York’s Energy Transformation
Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI)
1:25 PM – 2:15 PM
Technical Solutions Panel
Facilitator: Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island
Offshore Wind for the South Fork, Jennifer Garvey, Deepwater Wind
Reducing Peak Demand, Bruce Humenik, Applied Energy Group
South Fork Energy Efficiency, Lynn Arthur, Tri-Energy
2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
Short video of East Hampton Energy Awareness Day 2016
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM
Policy Solutions Panel
Facilitator: James Gallagher, New York Smart Grid Consortium
LIPA Integrated Resource Plan, Tom Falcone, LIPA CEO
New York Offshore Wind Master Plan, Greg Matzat, NYSERDA
Changing Markets & Emerging Distributed Energy, Julia Bovey
3:35 PM – 3:45 PM
Short video "New York is Building the Energy System of Tomorrow Today"
3:45 PM - 4:35 PM
South Fork Initiatives Panel: Goals, Opportunities and Challenges
Facilitator: Peter Van Scoyoc, Deputy Supervisor, Town of East Hampton
Town of East Hampton, Supervisor Larry Cantwell
Town of Southampton, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman
East Hampton Resilience Initiatives, Jeremy Samuelson
Southampton Sustainability Initiatives, Dieter von Lehsten
4:35 PM – 5:25 PM
The Way Forward Panel
Facilitator: Krae Van Sickle, East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee
Transportation, Nick Palumbo, Suffolk Community College
Renewable Heating, Donovan Gordon, NYSERDA
Managing High Levels of Distributed Energy Resources, Brian Fitzsimons, GridUnity
5:25 PM – 5:40 PM
5:40 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 6:10 PM
Concluding Remarks Linda James, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Comm.
Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island
On Wednesday, June 15 from 3 PM to 7 PM, join us for the South Fork Clean Energy Forum, to talk with community leaders working to build a smarter, more affordable, more resilient energy system. At the forum, experts will unveil exciting, cost saving new plans to make the South Fork a leader in clean energy.
Learn about free local programs and rebates for making your home and workplace energy efficient and solar powered while saving you money on utility bills.
The forum is free and light refreshments will be served. It will be held at LTV Studio 3, 75 Industrial Rd., Wainscott, NY 11975.
3:00 PM - Welcome & Program Overview
3:15 PM - Resiliency for the South Fork
Presenter: Michael McDonald, East End Resilience Network
Title of Talk: Distributed Collectively Intelligent Grids, South Fork Resilience Scenario Planning
3:30 PM - A Smarter, More Resilient Energy Grid for the South Fork
Presenter: Santiago Grijalva, GeorgiaTech Advanced Computational Electricity Systems Laboratory; ProsumerGrid Inc.
Title of Talk: Building a Prosumer Grid for the South Fork
3:45 PM - Bringing Wind Mills Back to the East End
Presenter: Clint Plummer, VP, Deepwater Wind
Title of Talk: An Offshore Wind Farm for the South Fork
4:00 PM - Paying Customers for NOT Riding the Roller Coaster
Presenter: Pravin Bhagat, Comverge
Title of Talk: Demand Response Challenges and Opportunities
4:15 PM - How to Avoid the Roller Coaster Ride
Presenter: Tim Ash, Market Director, AES Energy Storage
Title of Talk: Utility-scale Energy Storage: Part of a Clean Energy Solution for the South Fork
4:30 PM - A New Electric Grid for the South Fork?
Presenter: Dirk van Ouwerkerk, Lead Partner, Anbaric Microgrid
Title of Talk: A Microgrid Platform for the South Fork
4:45 PM - Here & Now: Let's Build a Renewable & Resilient Energy System
Presenter: Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island
Title of Talk: Choosing Our Energy Future
5:00 PM - Keynote by John B. Rhodes, President & CEO, NYSERDA
5:15 PM - We've got a Problem - We got Solutions
Presenter: David Daly, President & CEO, PSEG Long Island
Title of Talk: South Fork Electric Needs
5:30 PM - The View from East Hampton
Presenter: Larry Cantwell, Supervisor, Town of East Hampton
5:45 PM - The View from Southampton
Presenter: Frank Zappone, Deputy Supervisor, Southampton Town
6:00 PM - You Got A Smartphone. Now How About Your Thermostat?
Presenter: Lynn Arthur, PeakPower LI
Title of Talk: Community-based Smart Thermostat Program for the South Fork
6:15 PM - Power in Numbers
Presenter: Mike Gordon, CEO, Joule Assets
Title of Talk: Empowering Consumers
6:30 PM - Break-out Groups & Tables
Table 1: Get your Free Home Energy Assessment (led by Chuck Schwartz, LI Green Homes)
Table 2: Get your Free Solar Rooftop Assessment (led by Andrew Smith, GreenLogic)
Table 3: Montauk (led by Jeremy Samuelson, CCoM)
Table 4: Offshore Wind (led by Deepwater Wind)
Table 5: Microgrid (Anbaric Microgrid, Michael McDonald, Santiago Grijalva)
Table 6: Energy Storage (led by AES Energy Storage)
Table 7: Energy Efficiency, Demand Response (led by Lynn Arthur, Peak Power LI)
Table 8: Buildings and Built Environment (led by Bill Chaleff, Chaleff & Rogers Architects; Frank Dalene, Telemark Construction)
7:00 PM - Wrap Up Summary (Brief Summaries by Speakers)
7:15 PM - Networking
Town of East Hampton
Town of Southampton
Town of Southampton Sustainability Committee
Concerned Citizens of Montauk
East End Resilience Network
East Hampton Environmental Coalition
OLA of Eastern Long Island
Event MCs: Minerva Perez, Executive Director, OLA of Eastern Long Island;
Linda James, Board Member Renewable Energy Long Island, Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee.
Stage Manager: Kate Mueth
The event will be filmed and broadcast.
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Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind
Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island speaks at the Rally for Renewables on October 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2014
Long Island Assembly Members, Community, Conservation Leaders Call on Gov. Cuomo, LIPA to Commit to Offshore Wind
Assembly Delegation letter & 20,000 petitions signatures presented at rally
Uniondale – Today, Assemblyman Englebright joined dozens of community leaders at a rally outside LIPA headquarters calling on Governor Cuomo and LIPA to commit to offshore wind power this year. The Assemblyman presented LIPA with a letter of from the Long Island delegation that highlights the tremendous economic opportunity that would come with building wind off Long Island’s coasts.
In addition to the letter, conservation groups presented LIPA and the Department of Public Service with more than 20,000 petition signatures. The groups urged LIPA to follow through on their commitment to invest in 280MW of new renewable energy this year by choosing an offshore wind project 30 miles off the coast of Montauk.Read more
A Hub for Long Island Offshore Wind News
January 25, 2017: (Uniondale, Long Island, NY)
GROUPS APPLAUD LIPA, GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR HISTORIC ACTION ADVANCING NATION'S LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND PROJECT
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) voted on January 25, 2017 to formally approve the development of New York’s first ever, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind farm, located off the east end of Long Island. The approved 90-megawatt, 15-turbine offshore wind farm will produce enough energy to power over 50,000 homes. LIPA cited that offshore wind was the most cost effective proposal to meet Long Island’s South Fork energy needs.
Last week, in his bold State of the State announcement, Governor Cuomo committed to building 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 – enough to power 1.25 million homes. The Administration will also release a master plan by the end of the year, mapping out the state’s intention to build offshore wind to scale, which is essential in ensuring the Governor meets his goal to power 50 percent of New York’s energy from renewables by 2030. The Governor also pledged his support for New York’s first, and the nation’s largest, offshore wind project off the east end of Long Island.
Local, state and national organizations hailed this project as an essential first step towards a bold, long-term, large scale offshore wind program for New York. Building off of LIPA’s historic vote today, groups also urged the LIPA Board of Directors to commit to an additional investment of at least 210 more megawatts of offshore wind in the upcoming Island Wide procurement. The decision, which is expected to happen in March of 2017, will help ensure Long Island becomes a regional hub for a new, clean energy industry, spurring thousands of jobs and economic development opportunities throughout the state.
“This is a big step for LIPA, a bold step for renewable energy on Long Island, and the beginning of an offshore wind industry in the State of New York and the country,” said Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island. “We commend Governor Cuomo and LIPA for showing visionary leadership in the transition to renewable energy and thank all who have advocated for offshore wind energy over the last couple of decades.”
The majority of Long Islanders supports an offshore wind farm proposed for 30 miles east of Montauk Point.
Click here to vote and see the latest poll numbers.
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Offshore Wind Farm 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs & Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with Clean, Resilient and Affordable Energy
With a bold directive from Governor Cuomo, and enthusiastic support from elected officials, business, labor and environmental organizations, the Long Island Power Authority has selected what will be New York's first, and the nation's largest offshore wind farm.
The 90 megawatt Deepwater Wind project, to be located out of view about 30 miles south-east of Montauk, will turn our reliable offshore breezes into clean electricity which can power 50,000 homes. The wind farm will be connected to the island's electric grid by undersea and underground cables in East Hampton, the first town in the state to have established a 100% renewable energy goal.
But this is just the beginning. In his recent State-of-the State address on Long Island, Governor Cuomo laid out a bold vision for our transition to a clean energy future and an economy powered 100 percent by renewable energy. The Governor committed to 2,400 megawatt of offshore wind power by the year 2030 which will power 1.25 million homes. Click here for our joint news release.