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PSC Cartoon: Governor Cuomo, How about a place for the disempowered?
June 7, 2017

PSC cartoon commenT

Every once in a while we get a photo or other piece of artwork instead of a letter to the editor to express an opinion. This cartoon by artist Steve Greenberg comes from the New York Energy Democracy Alliance, on how, it maintains, ordinary people are left out of the state Public Service Commission’s process of deciding energy policy.

Community solar advocates oppose change to how projects make money
February 27, 2017

ALBANY — The Public Service Commission is eyeing changes to the way renewable energy sources — everything from solar panels to small biomass generators — are paid for what they contribute to the electric grid.

State officials see the changes as an important part of the energy system’s transformation. It moves away from net-metering, where resources get paid for excess electricity they send to the grid at a retail rate, to a more complex and ostensibly complete payment structure. The commission is expected to act on the proposal next month and could set a precedent for states across the country that are also considering such changes.

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Solar advocates concerned over proposed state net-metering rules; PSC urged to keep power prices for “Community” array systems
February 17, 2017

By Brian Nearing

Albany–  Advocates of small-scale solar projects are concerned over potential state changes to the way system owners would be paid for supplying surplus power to the grid.

A coalition of dozens of local lawmakers, environmental groups and businesses is urging the state Public Service Commission to maintain fair rates for power sold from so-called “community solar” projects. Larger than the typical rooftop system a homeowner might install, such systems can have many owners, rather than just one.

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The Push for Community Solar
January 27, 2017

Governor Cuomo is backing efforts to deter climate change in his recent renewable energy plan. Advocates for community solar arrays, an initiative opened up two years ago to increase access to renewable energy across the state, fear that the plan could backtrack if the Public Service Commission moves away from net metering. Jessica Azulay, program director of Alliance for a Green Economy, and Azriel Alleyne, CEO of Solar Freedom Advocates, discuss their efforts to increase the prevalence of community solar arrays.

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Public News Service – Proposals for Renewable Energy Access Rejected
August 18, 2016

Public News ServiceNEW YORK – The Public Service Commission has rejected proposals for helping low-income New Yorkers participate in shared renewable energy.

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SNL – NYDPS staff suspends effort to spur low-income use of renewables
August 16, 2016

SNL FinancialThe staff of the New York Department of Public Service has suspended efforts to identify barriers for low-income customer participation in community distributed generation as part of the state’s Shared Renewables initiative.

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Public News Service – PSC Pushed for Plans on Solar Power for All
August 9, 2016

Public News ServiceNEW YORK – Clean energy advocates want the Public Service Commission to release its plan to make solar power accessible to all New Yorkers. The PSC launched its Shared Renewables Initiative last year, with the goal of making solar power available to everyone regardless of where they live, especially people who don’t own their homes or can’t afford to install solar panels.

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