More conservation, solar and wind is needed for a new state energy plan released in December. State Energy Planning Board’s plan accepted by Gov. David Peterson, provides scheme to contionue transition to a clean energy economy over the next decade.
In the 2010 is expected to bild sale disclosure and remove loopholes that have limited the efficiancy of the state’s energy code. Legislative action is required for both.
Others include procuring 100 megawatts more of solar energy statewide and requesting bids for an offshore Long Island wind project.
“By adopting the recommendations of this plan, we will ensure that New Yorkers get energy that is more affordable and more reliable, and we will do it in a way that recognizes that the environment needs to be protected,” Paterson said. Broad goals include reducing electricity demand 15 percent below forecasts by 2015, while increasing renewable generation to 30 percent of demand, both helping to reduce burning oil and coal.
The energy conservation code for buildings has a loophole for partial renovations that needs to be closed, as well as one for historic properties that should be limited to structures only, not the overall property, said Thomas Congdon, Paterson’s deputy secretary for energy and chairman of the board. Legislation to require disclosing a building’s energy characteristics at the time of sale would involve showing prospective buyers the utility bills, meant in part to persuade them to do energy-saving retrofits and take advantage of subsidies, he said.
New York has roughly 30,000 megawatts of total electrical capacity. Nuclear power accounts for about 30 percent of supply, hydropower for another 15 to 18 percent, and over the past few years the state has added about 1,000 megawatts of wind generation, Congdon said.
Next year’s goals include working with the New York Power Authority to procure another 100 megawatts of solar energy statewide. Other goals include working with NYPA to establish its offshore wind project in the Great Lakes. The authority recently requested bids for up to 300 megawatts of capacity, potentially 100 wind towers.