The drafted State Energy Plan is intended to benefit all New Yorkers. The initiatives stated in the plan include the “focus on improving energy affordability, promoting private sector engagement and financing, and working to bolster our electric grid”.
Matthew C. Cordaro, PhD in The Grid Optimization Blog explores a number of intiatives within the plan that are based on what he believes is misinformation and not so cut and dry.
Some examples of Mr. Cordaro points are:
- The “demand for electricity will ultimately increase”, thus energy efficiency measures can’t offset the increase and NY State will still need to invest in generating resources
- The amount of in-state sources of power must increase in order to achieve more affordable power in New York in the future
- Private sector energy financing cannot be successful if the government is “selectively” subsidizing projects
A recent Huffington Post article discusses the outlook on Mayor de Blasio’s possible stance on the city’s environmental and sustainability initiatives. Some of the sustainability achievements (opinion of author) made under the Bloomberg Administration: “To achieve reductions in greenhouse gasses, Bloomberg went to the largest institutions in the city: the universities, hospitals, real estate and finance industries — and got them to sign on to greenhouse gas reduction targets.” The low hanging fruit may be gone and Mayor de Blasio will have to work hard to determine the “next generation of sustainability initiatives”.
The author concludes– “Community based sustainability initiatives are the obvious next step and one that fits into the new mayor’s values and political style.”
US electric consumption in the south accounts for 32 percent which is more than any other region. Gradually the South is beginning to realize the potential savings with community-based energy efficiency programs. A recent review of the effectiveness of the programs by Cadmus Group revealed “16 southeastern cities generated $3.87 million in economic output for every $1 million spent on retrofits. The cities achieved the savings through a Department of Energy program from 2010 to 2013.”
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance outlook seems to indicate public/private partnerships and new utility programs and limited to non-existent state energy efficiency resource standards.
Read more at: http://www.energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-efficiency-southeast-embarrassment-opportunity/
A look back at 2013 and looking forward to 2014
“At the macro level, Energy Information Administration data through September of 2013 indicate that both electricity consumption and transportation sector oil use are down relative to the same period in 2011 and 2012. Policies in areas like utility-run energy efficiency programs, equipment and vehicle standards, and investments in alternative transportation infrastructure seem to be having a noticeable effect on electricity and oil consumption.
Looking ahead….Final equipment standards are scheduled for a variety of products including electric motors, commercial refrigeration equipment, and residential furnace fans. DOE and HUD are working on several housing initiatives including new energy standards for manufactured homes, new energy efficiency requirements for federally-backed mortgages, and possibly modifications to mortgage underwriting criteria to include consideration of a home’s energy efficiency. Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation also might move in 2014—efforts are underway to bring an improved bipartisan bill to the Senate floor.” –Steven Nadel