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The New York State Senate began a series of hearings on climate change Tuesday. Democrats who lead the chamber back a measure to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions in New York by 2050, but that may come into conflict with a program being pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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The bitter cold temperatures and the high utility bills that follow might have many Central New Yorkers wondering if there’s a more efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat their homes. 


Town of Clay Continues Support & Shift toward Green Energy

Oct 17, 2018
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The Town of Clay has already placed itself on the map for green energy initiatives by installing solar panel arrays.  Now the Town Hall will be a pit stop for those with Electric Vehicles.  The town cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new dual-charging E-V station through a $150-thousand state grant that will also implement further green-energy initiatives in the town. 


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Hundreds of people from across the state interested in the future of renewable energy will gather in East Syracuse on Friday for the 14th annual Symposium  on Energy in the 21st Century that comes during what organizers are calling an exciting time in the industry.  Symposium Director Rhea Jezer said they’ve always tried to be on the cutting edge.

“14 years ago, at our first Symposium, we actually had to bring a solar panel for people to look at, and they were amazed because no one knew what a solar panel looked like. We’ve come a long way since then,” said Jezer.

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Syracuse Common Councilors jumped aboard a larger national movement that would levy a carbon fee on fossil fuels and return that money to households. The Carbon Fee and Dividend climate change resolution, sponsored by councilor Joe Driscoll, would add a $15 fee to every ton of fossil fuel. He said that figure is based on the environmental costs of CO2 emitted by the fuel.

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Representatives from nearly ten local environmental and energy groups gathered Monday in Syracuse to discuss the best ways to expand upon a relatively untapped method of renewable energy for New York Dairy farms.  Ed Bogucz is with the Syracuse Center of Excellence. 

"Anaerobic digesters are a technology that take manure and convert that to gas, which can be used for heating or producing electricity.  It's a proven technology that's used around the world."

New York Power Authority

New York State is seeking $1.5 billion dollars of private investment to increase the state’s renewable energy production.  Governor Cuomo recently announced the plan following President Trump’s recent decision to pull-out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Cuomo hopes to considerably increase clean energy infrastructure and jobs by 2020.  The initiative is the largest renewable energy pledge of any state in U.S. history.

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President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement has been making waves throughout the country and Central New York.  Strong supporters for the agreement want Congressmember John Katko to take their voices of opposition back to Washington.  Coordinator for New Yorkers for Clean Power, Renee Vogelsang  says  the U.S. is one of only three countries excluded from the agreement.

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Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible”. ​ And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. New York State has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. But it is not without some controversy.

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A coalition of labor and business leaders and State Lawmakers are working to expand natural gas to balance New York State's energy needs as well as meet Governor Cuomo's renewable energy goals. This bi-partisan group, New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, focuses on state regulations for the industry, according to Business Council of New York Spokesperson Zach Hutchins.

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