Possibilities and Pitfalls of New York's Major Energy Utility Reform

a webinar series to learn more about democratizing our energy choices for a more sustainable future.

Co-sponsored by Alliance for A Green Economy and Catskill Mountainkeeper.

New York's policy makers are in the midst of planning sweeping changes to the way our energy utilities are structured and regulated in New York, through a Public Service Commission proceeding called "Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)." Alliance for a Green Economy and Catskill Mountainkeeper invite you to learn about the REV Proceeding, which aims to fundamentally rethink the utility model to focus on distributed energy resources, such as energy efficiency, rooftop solar, demand response, storage and microgrids. The changes envisioned will have a profound impact on the state’s electric utilities, power producers, consumers, clean energy initiatives and climate for decades to come. It is critical that New York's public interest community -- environmentalists, consumer and public health advocates, civic organizations, etc -- get involved in this proceeding.


First Installment:
Reclaiming the Energy Vision Through Energy Democracy
with the Center for Social Inclusion, Global Labor Institute, Citizens for Local Power, and Local Power, Inc

September 11, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm

In this first installment of our series on important issues regarding the REV Proceeding, an expert panel spoke about movements toward Energy Democracy and how New York's public interest community can push for policies to increase opportunities for Energy Democracy through the REV Proceeding. Read more and view the slides here.

 

Second Installment
Lessons from Green Jobs-Green NY: Community-based Energy Efficiency Alternatives for Reforming the Energy Vision
with Center for Working Families, PUSH Buffalo, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, and Long Island Progressive Coalition
September 17, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 pm

View the slides.

The New York Public Service Commission is planning sweeping changes to the way our energy utilities are structured and regulated in New York, through a process called "Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)." Alliance for a Green Economy and Catskill Mountainkeeper  invite you to learn about the REV Proceeding, which aims to fundamentally rethink the utility model to focus on building markets for distributed energy resources, such as energy efficiency, rooftop solar, demand response, storage and microgrids. In this second installment of our online teach-in / webinar series, we hear from groups that have been working on the intersection of affordable housing and energy efficiency.

Since 2011, Constituency-Based Organizations (CBOs) participating in NYSERDA's Green Jobs-Green NY (GJGNY) program have played critical roles in delivering energy efficiency retrofit and workforce development services, including customer aggregation, within low-to-moderate income communities across New York State, as well as advocating for program improvements that will increase access to affordable financing, create living wage green jobs, and reduce energy burdens for homeowners and small businesses. Panelists will share first hand experiences working in the GJGNY program in order to reveal specific opportunities and challenges of community-based energy efficiency alternatives for Reforming the Energy Vision.


Panelists:

Stephan Edel is the Policy and Campaigns Analyst at the Center for Working Families. A native New Yorker, Stephan has worked as a union organizer in seven states, as a community organizer and as a producer of video and multimedia content. Stephan attended law school to better understand the legal mechanisms that impact and often marginalize working class communities and small businesses.  He has a JD from The City University of New York School of Law.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from Birkbeck College of the University of London. He has worked since 2011 to implement and improve the Green Jobs Green New York program including helping to develop and pass On-Bill recovery financing legislation, convening the Green Jobs Green New York CBO Network, and is a member of NYSERDA's Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.


Adam Flint currently serves as Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, which he co-founded in 2008. From 2011-2013 he ran the Energy Leadership Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, where Adam also led the Southern Tier Regional Green Jobs Green New York Outreach effort. He has worked as an educator in the Southern Tier for more than twenty years, including more than a decade in higher education, serving on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hartwick College and as an lecturer in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.

Marriele Robinson advocates for community revitalization and job creation through energy efficiency.  She has been with the Long Island Progressive Coalition since 2010.  Marriele's current role is Project Coordinator, responsible for PowerUp Communities, a non-profit residential energy efficiency program.  Prior to serving in this role, Marriele held the position of Lead Organizer.  She holds a Bachelors of Science from Hofstra University.

Clarke Gocker is the Director of Workforce Initiatives at PUSH Buffalo, a grassroots affordable housing and economic justice organization in Buffalo, NY. He helps lead PUSH's Green Jobs-Green NY energy efficiency retrofit program, PUSH Green, in partnership with community and industry stakeholders in Western NY. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University at Buffalo.