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NY-GEO 2018 – Learn How Utilities See Geothermal

NY Geo
Utility companies can play a key role in bringing geothermal heating & cooling quickly into the mainstream. How are NY’s utilities seeing their role in the renewable HVAC revolution?
Join us for the fourth annual NY-GEO Renewable Heating & Cooling Conference at the Radisson in Albany, New York on April 18 & 19!
The day 2 opening panel will feature Mackay Miller from National Grid, Joseph Hally from Central Hudson, Christopher Raup from Con Edison and Lisa Boba from NYSEG. These executives will give their take on both the benefits and challenges they anticipate for their customers during the transition to renewable heating and cooling.
The NY-GEO annual conference is the best place to learn how to heat and cool without burning fossil fuels while meeting the movers and shakers of the industry as New York begins to embrace this incredible opportunity.
Join us for a fantastic program that will help policy makers, installers, organizers, architects, clean energy activists, contractors, building owners and mangers, engineers and more to plug into the renewable heat momentum building in New York and across the northeast!
We urge you to register soon. Exhibit space is sold out. There is just one prime sponsor slot still open. Ad space in our program booklet is still open but the deadline for reserving ads is March 26th.
We have scholarship funds to help if our admission price is more than you can afford, but those funds will run out soon.
For Building Professionals:
NY-GEO 2018 provides 5 AIA, PDH, BPI or LEED (self reporting) continuing education credits. Three of the classes will be taught by Steve Kavanaugh – co-author of the ASHRAE published Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Design of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (2014). Click here for a description of his classes.
In addition, Phoenix Energy Supply is providing a phenomenally convenient and inexpensive way to earn Accredited Installer status from the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). You can take the course on-line and take the exam at the conference, and with support from NYSERDA, it will cost you less than half the list price. Click here to learn more.



More Than 350 Households and Small Businesses to Benefit from Sullivan County’s 2.7 Megawatt Solar Array

Project Supports Governor Cuomo’s Mandate of 50 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy by 2030

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the state’s largest community solar project which will result in reduced energy bills for more than 350 households and small businesses. The 2.7-megawatt solar array, located in Sullivan County, is critical to supporting Governor Cuomo’s mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

“An investment in renewable energy is an investment in the future and sustainability of New York’s environment, and the overall health of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This Sullivan County project will deliver energy savings to residents throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region, while supporting the establishment of a cleaner, greener New York for all.”

The solar array is located in Callicoon, Sullivan County and includes approximately 9,800 solar panels. The project will reduce greenhouse gases by 1,670 metric tons annually, the equivalent to taking approximately 360 cars off the road.

The Sullivan County project is owned by Delaware River Solar. It received nearly $1.3 million in funding through Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative, which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York State. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority administers the NY-Sun initiative.

These community-based projects increase access to solar in areas where residents may or may not own property or have room to install solar panels at their location by enabling them to subscribe to a local community solar project. Once households and businesses subscribe, energy is still delivered through their regular electric provider while the power produced from the solar array is fed directly back to the electric grid. As a result, the grid is supplied with clean, renewable energy while subscribers get credit on their electric bills.

In February, Governor Cuomo announced that solar power in New York increased more than 1,000 percent from December 2011 to December 2017, leveraging more than $2.8 billion in private investments. There are more than 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.

March 13 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • The three largest California electric utilities are well on their way to meeting the state’s mandate of sourcing 33% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. But they did not procure any new renewable energy capacity last year, and the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed they procure nearly none in 2018. [Inhabitat]
California solar array

California solar array

  • AGL, the biggest coal generator in Australia, says there will still be too much baseload power in New South Wales, even after the ageing Liddell coal plant is closed in 2022. AGL vowed to replace Liddell with a mixture of wind, solar, battery storage, demand management, a new generator, and an upgrade of the Bayswater coal-fired power station. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Clean Energy Is Key to New England’s Fuel Security” • ISO New England, which operates the New England power grid, filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, raising concerns that reliance on natural gas could undermine grid security due to potential wintertime shortfalls in gas supply. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • A new analysis from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has revealed that cities are actually generating up to 60% more greenhouse gasses than currently estimated due to the impact of trade in goods and services, but this means cities now have even greater opportunities to deliver on the Paris Climate Agreement goals. [CleanTechnica]
  • Each year, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance rates each state’s energy policies based on how they help or hinder local clean energy action. In 2018, 21 states had a failing grade, 17 were mediocre, 11 had a passing grade, and just 2 excelled at enabling residents to act individually and collectively to take charge of their energy future. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Solar Salon NYC: Microgrid at Marcus Garvey Housing and New Project Finance Blasts Past the Red Car and the Tariffs

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

5:00 – 8:15 pm

Community Church of New York
40 East 35th Street
Manhattan, NYC, NY


5:00 Networking

BlockChain Discussion

6:00 “Policy, Regulation and Marcus Garvey Microgrids,” Nick Lombardi

7:00 “New Project Finance Blasts Past the Taxes and Tariffs,” Stan Fishbein

Nick Lombardi

Nick Lombardi is the Principal at oio energy, a DER project development and consulting firm specializing in solar, submetering, storage, and microgrid development in multifamily and commercial buildings. Nick got his start in energy in 2005 when he managed the planning and implementation of the Sustainable Design Guidelines for the Work Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, a massive infrastructure project that served as a survey course in green buildings. After settling on building energy use as his main area of interest, Nick began to focus on energy projects as discreet investment opportunities. In 2013 he joined Conservation Services Group (CSG, now CLEAResult) to design and run pilot projects in residential and multifamily energy efficiency programs for NYSERDA, and to launch a consulting group aimed at helping multifamily building owners and managers increase operating income through investments in energy saving projects. Nick left CSG in 2015 to take on his own clients, focusing on companies and projects in the emerging DER space in a REV-crazy New York. Nick has worked with a wide variety of DER companies, including Demand Energy, GridMarket, BlocPower, Brooklyn Power, and Sparkfund, largely on projects that feature multiple strategies and technologies layered on top of each other for deeper impact and greater operational flexibility. He was a key contributor to developing the microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village in Brooklyn, the NYCEEC solar loan for New York City co-ops and condos, the solar + storage installation that powered the Enel eVillage at the 2017 Formula E race in Red Hook, and a variety of solar + submetering projects in co-ops and condos in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Nick is a LEED AP, and he holds a B.A. in International Relations from Trinity College, and a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from NYU.

Stan Fishbein

Stanley S. Fishbein, JD, LLM-Tax, is Managing Partner at CleanView Capital, an equipment finance company specializing in providing leases and loans to commercial and industrial companies nationwide for their acquisition of solar and other clean energy systems.

With more than 30 years of diversified equipment leasing experience, he has held positions in the commercial equipment leasing subsidiaries of ABN-Amro Bank, Chrysler Corporation, CitiBank, and Textron Corporation.

Since 2008, Mr. Fishbein has served as a board member of the New York Solar Energy Society, a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. His popular presentation “Making Solar Affordable” was the catalyst for his creating a solar ownership program that uses a “traditional” operating lease to provide companies with a low-cost path to ownership at an affordable price.

After his admission to the Massachusett’s Bar, Mr. Fishbein began his professional career in the tax department at Touche Ross & Co., CPAs, one of the “Big 8” public accounting firms prior to its merger with Deloitte. He holds an LLM degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law and a JD degree from Suffolk University Law School, also in Boston.

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David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, plans to shift renewable development resources out of state

Note from Nancy Rae Mallery, publisher of Green Energy Times: “Green Energy Times finds the following news to be very disturbing. This is a huge loss of support to our state, and the future which we have been working so very hard to achieve. This is not the time to be going backwards or standing still. We all have much to lose as a consequence. It clearly lies in the hands of our current administration.”


David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of Vermont’s AllEarth Renewables, Inc. has announced the suspension of project planning activities for the proposed two-turbine, 5MW Kidder Hill Community Wind installation in Lowell, Vt. Citing a turbulent climate for renewable wind energy in Vermont and the urgent need for more renewables to be built, Blittersdorf explained that resources will be reprioritized toward building renewable energy elsewhere.

“Reducing carbon emissions is the most critical issue of our time. In the face of mounting threats from climate change and diminishing finite fossil fuel resources, we cannot afford to be slowed down by a regulatory process that is unfriendly to renewable energy,” said Blittersdorf. “As long as Vermont continues to make the unfortunate decision of relying on our neighbors for energy solutions, we will focus our efforts on developing renewables in places where it is possible to actually get projects built. Ultimately, this decision is about getting more renewables built faster for our planet.”

Lifelong Vermonter David Blittersdorf is a passionate renewable energy advocate, and Kidder Hill Community Wind is part of his vision for combatting our CO2 crisis. Within the past seven years, David has led three separate partnerships in building two 2.2 MW community scale solar farms in South Burlington, as well as Georgia Mountain Community Wind, a 10 MW wind farm that helps the city of Burlington source 100% of its power from renewable generation. Recently, David founded AllEarth Rail LLC, to provide essential community passenger railroad services in Vermont that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with motor vehicles and make living in Vermont more affordable.

“Vermont has led the nation on a host of important progressive issues, including renewable energy production. Sadly, we have recently been heading in the wrong direction on renewables,” Blittersdorf said. “As a Vermonter, I have had to make the hard decision to pivot out of state because I can’t get renewable projects built here right now. By not confronting our own energy challenges we will continue to write IOUs to our children and grandchildren for the effects of our addiction to spewing carbon. The resources driving the Kidder Hill Community Wind project will be invested outside Vermont to bring more renewable projects online as soon as possible. The stakes are too high, and our planet will not wait.”

March 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • In a shocking melting event, half of the ice in the Bering Sea disappeared during a two-week period in February, according to Rick Thoman, a climate scientist with the National Weather Service in Alaska. Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist based in Alaska, posted “overall sea ice extent on February 20 was the lowest on record.” []
Bearded seal in the Bering Sea (NOAA image)

Bearded seal in the Bering Sea (NOAA image, Wikimedia Commons)

  • Heads of the states from 23 nations hailed the efforts of the International Solar Alliance at its founding summit for providing a common platform to work for clean energy. They underlined the importance of clean energy, particularly for developing countries who want to save huge fuel costs and give the planet a cleaner future. [Economic Times]
  • Utilities can increase their efficiency by using more artificial intelligence technology, such as software to predict demand swings in the power grid or control home appliances, according to consultancy Roland Berger. European utilities could achieve efficiency gains of up to a fifth over the next five years using such technology, it said. [Reuters]
  • German energy giant EON plans to take over Innogy, the renewables subsidiary of competitor RWE, in a €20 billion deal, the companies said. The in-principle agreement involving asset swaps is part of a major restructuring of Germany’s energy market, as Europe’s top economy switches from conventional to renewable power. [The Local Germany]
  • After seven years, most of the nuclear refugees from Futaba, where the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown took place, have resigned themselves to the fact that they must build new lives elsewhere and will never be able to return home. They cling to memories of the past, while officials maintain optimism about a future for the town. [Kyodo News Plus]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

March 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “As The Climate Changes And The Earth Warms, Where’s The Safest Place On Earth To Live?” • From the most populous cities to the loneliest, isolated islets, everyone, everywhere will be affected in some way by climate change. Not everyone’s circumstances are equal, though, and climate change resilience varies widely from place to place. [IFLScience]
The Power of Nature (Zacarias Pereira da Mata | Shutterstock)

The Power of Nature (Zacarias Pereira da Mata | Shutterstock)

  • French President Emmanuel Macron today said $1 trillion will be needed to achieve one TW of solar power capacity by 2030. Speaking alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the first conference of the International Solar Alliance, he mentioned the financing and regulation hurdles for achieving the target that need to be cleared. [Economic Times]
  • Climate change is expected to drive demand for clean energy in the decades ahead, giving an edge to countries that invest in low-carbon technologies. President Trump is pushing to cut spending on clean energy research, undermining any hope for US competitiveness as the chief economic rivals aim to double public funding for the same. [CleanTechnica]
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a 10-point action plan to promote the use of solar energy at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi. Addressing the conference, which was founded by India, he said India will generate 175 GW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022. [The Statesman]
  • A regional developer and operator of large-scale commercial solar energy installations is proposing a $10 million, 7-MW project in Lenox, Massachusetts. Syncarpha Capital’s project could power 200 to 500 homes and small businesses through cost-saving community solar agreements, the project developer told the Planning Board. [Berkshire Eagle]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Solar Energy Options for Everyone: East Greenbush, NY

Are you a NYSEG or National Grid customer in the Capital Region who has considered making a switch to green, sustainable energy for your home, property, or business?  Did you know that you can not only install solar panels on your home or business property, and buy or lease solar panels at a community farm, but you can also choose a green supplier for your electric bill?

 Now is a great time to explore the many options available.  Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy (C.A.S.E.)* will offer a free presentation and panel discussion with area solar companies on the opportunities for onsite and offsite (community) solar in our area.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, NY.  Contact Becky Meier at: or call: 518-781-4686.  *An affiliate of SNYFGP (

Solar Installations Declined 50% in Vermont

REV LogoVermonters want us to do our part to combat climate change – but our current solar program has Vermont taking a big step in the wrong direction. In January 2017, the Public Utilities Commission changed the statewide solar program (net metering). Under the first year of the program the amount of solar permitted dropped by 50%.

Mid-scale (150-500kW) solar project capacity dropped 73%

Small-scale (15-150kW) solar project capacity dropped 35%

                                   Residential scale solar project capacity dropped 19%

The solar trades are resilient, but shrinking volume leads to fewer local jobs, lost local economic investment, less action and innovation on climate solutions. The new 2017 net metering rule reduced the state solar rate for home owners by 10% and up to a 45% drop for larger net metered solar projects. Adding to the challenge Vermonters are facing, the price of solar panels increased 30% due to President Trump’s solar tax.

It’s time to get back on track.

Vermonters have the right to produce local, clean energy for themselves – and any further drop in the state’s solar rates will jeopardize that. It’s imperative that the PUC not make it harder for Vermonters to go solar and expedite projects that have preferred status such as parking lot canopies.

Our state solar program must ensure every Vermonter has access to solar power. The majority of Vermont homes and businesses can’t host solar onsite, yet today’s program offers little opportunity for community, or shared, solar arrays. Our legislators should restore community solar for renters, homeowners, and all the downtown, village businesses that rely on that option.

Take Action

You can submit comments to the PUC via the Commission’s Clerk at:  The PUC is reviewing our state’s solar program now. The public comment period is open from February 1 to March 15th., 2018.

March 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Changing Course: Coal Country Students Working For A Power Switch” • Arlie Boggs Elementary sits between Kentucky’s two tallest mountains in a remote area that once had a booming coal economy. Ten years ago there were over a thousand coal miners employed here in Letcher county. Today, there are just 28. [Ohio Valley ReSource]
Kudzu grows near a coal preparation plant in eastern Kentucky (Photo: Jeff Young | Ohio Valley ReSource)

Kudzu grows near a coal preparation plant in eastern Kentucky (Photo: Jeff Young | Ohio Valley ReSource)

  • Florida Power & Light Co has integrated a 40-MWh battery-storage system into its 74.5-MW Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County, Florida. FPL notes that this is the largest solar-plus-storage system in the US. The batteries will extend power delivery into evening hours and add power as needed to meet peak demand. [Solar Industry]
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 22 utility-scale solar farms, three wind farms and one hydro project were selected for contract awards at an average price of 2.117¢/kWh ($21.17/MWh) to help the state meet its clean energy goals. The renewable energy projects will collectively add over 1,380 MW of capacity. [Platts]
  • New York Governor Cuomo said he had formally asked for the state to be excluded from a federal offshore drilling program that proposes to make over 90% of the total US offshore acreage available to oil and gas drilling. Cuomo said drilling would threaten the state’s ocean resources and endanger efforts toward a cleaner energy economy. [Business Insider]
  • While steel company CEOs say tariffs will bring back American jobs, numerous trade experts, industry groups, politicians and even members of the aluminum industry argue tariffs will not revitalize US manufacturing and could harm other segments of the economy in the process. The clean energy industry is one of those segments. [Greentech Media]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.