How Municipalities Can Benefit

The November 2013 summit, Transitioning to a Green Energy Economy: How Municipalities Can Benefit was established in order to provide elected officials and the general public with a better understanding of how New York can ensure energy reliability and economic sustainability in the context of the climate crisis.

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New York  State and the Mid-Hudson Region are actively working to transition to a Green Energy Economy that will be based increasingly on renewables and energy efficiency.  Elected officials will be urged to decide about a variety of initiatives, such as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Smart Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), and standardized solar permitting, to name a few.

To help decipher this alphabet soup of energy terminology and make wise energy decisions, we need a solid understanding about how NY’s energy system currently works, where we are going, what innovative steps municipalities can take, and what incentives and opportunities are available to legislators and to their residential and business constituents.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Kaplan Hall, SUNY/Orange, One Washington Center, Newburgh Campus

Welcoming Remarks

Mark Z. Jacobson, Stanford University and keynote speaker — Helping elected officials to understand how New York can ensure energy reliability and economic sustainability in the context of the climate crisis.

Fuel Diversity in NY State

Greening the Grid: Understanding New York’s Electric Grid
and Natural Gas Infrastructure: Existing and Proposed

How the NY State Electric Grid Works; Thomas Rumsey, Vice President External Affairs, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Beyond the Grid: Decentralized Power Generation
and Utilization – the Way of Future

Balancing loads for a more robust energy portfolio using batteries, fuel cells and pump storage  Tim Corrigan, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Energy Plan
Presented by Tom Kacandes for Leo Wiegman, Mayor of Croton; Croton Energy Group; NWEAC

Panel Discussion with Q&A
Tom Kacandes, Sunrise Solar Solutions; Harry Terbush, Windsor Machinery – Hydroelectric; and Richard Riseling, Apple Pond Farms, Wind Power

Municipal Opportunities

Energy Efficiency: Energize Case Study in Innovative Financing
Mark Thielking, EnergizeNY/Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC)

How Municipalities Can Lead the Way and How NYSERDA Can Help
Priscilla Richards, NYSERDA

Funding the Transition to a Green Energy Economy
Panel Discussion with Q&A

Mark Thielking, Energize NY/Energy Improvement Corporation; Priscilla Richards, NYSERDA; Patrice Courtney-Strong, Courtney Strong Inc.; Pat Pomeroy, Hudson Valley Regional Council

Next Steps: What do Municipalities Need?
Moderated by Manna Jo Greene, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater


Summit Sponsors:
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  CourtneyStrong  HudsonValleySmartGrowthAlliance

Summit Co-sponsors: Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), Central Hudson, Citizens for Local Power (CLP), Con Edison, Courtney-Strong, Croton Energy Group (CEG), CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC), EnergizeNY/EIC, Green Guru, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, IBEW Local 363, Joule Assets, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH), Mid-Hudson League of Women Voters, NY Solar Energy Society, Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC), NYS Builders Association (NYSBA) Research & Education Foundation, Orange County Planning Department, Re>Think Local, Riverkeeper, RUPCO, Sierra Club, Southern Westchester Energy Consortium (SWEAC), Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD), Sunrise Solar, Sustainable Hudson Valley (SHV), Sustainable Warwick,  and US Green Building Council/NYS Upstate Chapter. Click here for Co-sponsor Resource List.




For more information, please contact:  Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director at or 845-265-8080 x 7113.