Statements and Press Releases

Media Contact:
Carina Daniels

Energy Democracy Advocates Disrupt New York’s Energy Czar To Spotlight New Yorkers Left Out of State’s REV Program
September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Media Contact:

Kim Fraczek, Director, Sane Energy Project
(646) 387-3180


Brooklyn, NY –  At the REV Future 2017 Conference today in downtown Brooklyn, a group of energy democracy advocates briefly interrupted Richard Kauffman’s keynote address, with a humorous skit to call attention to ... Read more

EDA Dismayed by Cuomo’s PSC Nominations
June 28, 2017

The New York Energy Democracy Alliance (EDA) is deeply disappointed by the lack of integrity and transparency in Governor’s Cuomo’s process for making appointments to the Public Service Commission (PSC), and last-minute confirmations in the final two days of the Senate’s session. The Senate Energy Committee heard testimony last Tuesday from PSC nominee ... Read more

Energy Democracy Alliance Renews Call for a People’s Commissioner on Powerful State Agency
June 15, 2017

The Senate Energy Committee held a confirmation hearing on June 6 of John Rhodes, one of Governor Cuomo’s appointees to serve on the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), a powerful agency that oversees utility regulations and rates, as well as funding for most of the state’s clean energy programs. Rhodes is currently ... Read more

EDA Statement on the Paris Climate Accord
June 6, 2017

In response to the announcement that President Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Climate Accord, the NY Energy Democracy Alliance affirms our commitment to advance a just and participatory transition to a resilient, localized, and democratically controlled clean energy system through local- and state-level action.Given President Trump’s action, ... Read more

Community Groups React to Governor Cuomo’s Reported Plans to Nominate NYSERDA Director John Rhodes to the Public Service Commission
May 8, 2017

Also renew their call for the governor
to appoint “People’s Commissioners” to the PSC

In response to news reports that Governor Cuomo will nominate NYSERDA Director John Rhodes to serve on the Public Service Commission (PSC), the New York Energy Democracy Alliance — a statewide coalition of community-based organizations, grassroots groups, and policy experts working to ... Read more

EDA Statement: New York Energy Regulators Replace Net Metering with Risky and Complex Plan with Some Concessions to Support Community Solar and Low-Income Solar Access
March 10, 2017

The Public Service Commission has adopted a Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) policy to set the value of local renewable energy resources such as solar and wind across the state. After reviewing the decision, the New York Energy Democracy Alliance (EDA) has issued the following statement:

“The Commission is moving to rapidly phase out net ... Read more

Op-ed: Chance for Public Service Commission to expand vision
March 1, 2017

By Ceci Pineda and Jonathan Bix
Published in the Albany Times Union

Soon, three of the five seats on New York’s powerful Public Service Commission will be empty. Gov. Andrew Cuomo should seize this opportunity to appoint “People’s Commissioners” committed to serving the interests of the people and environment of New York.

It is critical that the ... Read more

EDA Sends Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding Vacancies on the PSC
February 23, 2017

The Energy Democracy Alliance has sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to fill  the vacancies on the Public Service Commission with “People’s Commissioners” and outlining a list of criteria that should be used to choose these powerful public servants.

Read the full letter here.

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Energy Democracy Alliance Calls on Governor Cuomo to Appoint “People’s Commissioners” to the Public Service Commission
January 27, 2017


In response to the impending departures of Chairwoman Zibelman and Commissioner Acampora from the Public Service Commission, the New York Energy Democracy Alliance has issued the following statement:

“The impending departures of Chairwoman Zibelman and Commissioner Acampora from the Public Service Commission come at a critical moment in New York State’s transition to a clean, renewable energy ... Read more

Future of community solar in NY is at stake: Communities across state urge PSC to fix deeply flawed plans to replace net metering
January 18, 2017

In Jan. 18 press call, dozens of community groups to call on PSC and Cuomo Administration to ensure all New Yorkers can benefit from renewable energy 

The Public Service Commission is considering radical rule changes on how much New Yorkers get paid for contributing renewable energy to the electrical grid, and community groups across the state ... Read more

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