A follow-up to this blog. The New York Public Service Commission last week approved $100 million in energy efficiency funds, more than half of it for combined heat and power. More here: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/6FFC5A41DCDD20EC85257AD30066033A/$File/pr12086.pdf?OpenElement
In addition, the New York Energy & Research Development Authority announced on-bill financing for small businesses and non-profits that make energy efficiency improvements. http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Newsroom/2012-Announcements/2012-12-13-Financing-for-Business-Not-for-Profit-Energy-Efficiency-Upgrades.aspx
Another follow-up note to this blog. NY Gov. Cuomo recently announced another $4 million in energy efficiency funding for local governments. Info here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12312012Local-Government-Efficiency
The article did mention the shutdown of the wind farms:
Iberdrola Renewables, which owns wind farms in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, reported few problems.
"We monitored the situation through the night and shut down sites as a precaution to protect equipment from extreme winds. Inspections today have revealed minimal damage so far. We are very satisfied with the response of our people and the performance of the sites through an exceptional event," said Jan Johnson, Iberdrola Renewables' communications director.
Dennis, thanks for the recommendations on coverage Your comments are helpful, as always. Jon and Thomas, interesting info on paybacks and energy use. Thomas you speak to one of the most intriguing explorations, I think, in energy efficiency right now: human behavior. What will inspire people to change the behaviors you describe? I'm fascinated by the work underway by Susan Mazur-Stommen and others on this. -- "Elisa and or Lisa" :)
Author's Update: Since this article was written, California's SB 843,
Community-Based Renewable Energy Self-Generation Program, died in the Assembly. See http://sd05.senate.ca.gov/news/2012-08-31-pge-so-cal-edison-kill-bill-increase-consumer-access-renewable-energy.
Joy -- any news on the Aurora project?
Also -- great article, Fred!
Great update on the efforts in NY. So much going on, especially on Long Island. This from the June issue of Renewable Energy World magazine: 'Cuomo also is opening up new opportunity for big solar projects through his new 'Energy Highway' initiative to upgrade the state's ageing infrastructure. As part of the initiative, his office issued a formal solicitation in April 2012 seeking ideas from developers, utilities and others about how to fix various energy problems' More here: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/06/solar-in-new-york-its-strategy-to-make-solar-shine Anyone have an update on the energy highway?
Interesting article. Thanks. I think the Cape Light Compact in Massachusetts was one of the original community aggregators.
Bob, In neighboring Massachusetts there is legislation pending that would provide financial incentives for homeowners to swap out old oil heaters for new more efficient ones. Perhaps the idea will spread to Connecticut.
Thanks for catching the typo. MWh is now changed to TWh.