When I started this blog in the Fall of 2017, I wrote that I was doing posts on New York’s energy policies because I was convinced that this whole thing is going to end as an expensive boondoggle and drive electricity prices in particular and energy prices in general significantly higher. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act exacerbates these impacts to cover the entire energy system.

If I had the time or ambition, it would probably be best to combine this website with the Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York website.  For the time being however, this website will be where I maintain links to general energy and climate issues.

In July 2019 Governor Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) which is described as the “most aggressive climate law in the United States”.  Unfortunately, the politicians who authored and supported the law didn’t bother to include a feasibility study before picking the emission reduction and renewable energy targets.  The following pages document issues that should have been considered.

The Climate Act portion of the website has two main components.  The first is my Citizen’s Guide to the Climate Act that summarizes New York’s Climate Act impacts on New York’s future.  This is intended to address the fact that many of my articles at the Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York website are overly technical.  I also included pages that address specific components of the Climate Act transition.

Climate Act Citizens Guide Pages

Background Information on specific energy topics

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) was Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s comprehensive energy strategy for New York. This is a forum to present the inconvenient unpublicized or missing pieces of New York State’s REV policy: implementation plan, costs and impacts. Although this has been replaced by the Climate Act the information here is still relevant.  I believe that the majority of New York citizens are unaware of the potential impacts of the Climate Act and do not have the time for research so this site will try to provide information necessary for New Yorkers to understand the ramifications of New York’s energy policies.

This portion of the website is organized into the following sections:

Disclaimer: Before retirement from the electric generating industry, I was actively analyzing energy and air quality regulations that could affect company operations. The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.