In this week's Newsletter: #Solar4All community celebration at Solar One, EPA unveils Clean Power Plan, a breakdown of the fuels that power the nation state by state (or, why we need a Clean Power Plan at all) and much more!
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#Solar4All Community Celebration: Introducing NYS Shared Renewables Program at Solar One

Last Thursday morning, officials from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's administration and other state and local officials and community members gathered at an event celebrating a new Shared Renewables program that will empower millions of New Yorkers to plug into renewable energy for the first time.  

At the event, Solar One's Here Comes Solar program, along with partner UPROSE , also announced plans for a Shared Renewables project in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park that will help local low-income families go solar and save on their utility bills.

Speakers included: Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York in the Cuomo Administration; Audrey Zibelman, New York State Public Service Commission Chair; John Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA, NYS Senator Kevin Parker, and NYS Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

You can listen to a segment about the celebration, including comments by Solar One's Elana Laichena, Here Comes Solar Program Manager, on The Many Shades of Green website here.

America, We Have a Clean Power Plan

On Monday, President Obama and EPA chief GIna McCarty announced the first-ever national plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants and increase the nation's mix of renewables in energy production.

Here's how it's gong to work: The EPA is giving each state an individual goal for cutting power-plant emissions. States can then decide for themselves how to get there. They can switch from coal to natural gas, expand renewables or nuclear, boost energy efficiency, enact carbon pricing... it's up to them. States just have to submit their plans by 2016-2018, start cutting by 2022 at the latest, and then keep cutting through 2030. And if states refuse to submit a plan? The EPA will impose its own federal plan, which could involve some sort of cap-and-trade program.

Real, concrete climate action has been a long time coming in the US, and you can follow a step-by-step guide to the plan on hereAll the details of the plan are available on the EPA's website here.

How Do We Power the US? Check Out This Interactive Map to Find Out

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is designed for each state to tailor the methods they use to achieve its goal. This great interactive map from the Washington Post shows why that's necessary for the Plan to succeed. From West Virginia, where they use almost 100% coal, to Vermont, which transitioned to 100% renewables earlier this year, each state has its own unique mix of resources.

A graph gives an overview of how each state measures up, and maps indicate where the various power plants are located, sorted by fuel. The whole thing is pretty encouraging, when think about it in terms of all the renewable resources that could be deployed. We're just sayin'!

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Cook Out NYC: Ciderfeast
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, 5pm, $85 VIP/$60 general admission
Tickets are available here.

Walk-Up Paddling at Stuyvesant Cove
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River (kayaks will launch from the beach near 20th Street), 3-6pm, free

Other Events

3rd Annual MORUS Film Fest- I (Heart) NRCHY; Subversion & the City
Outdoor screenings @ various East Village & LES garden locations, Manhattan, free

Open House with Marcela Godoy at the Gowanus eWaste Warehouse
The Gowanus eWaste Warehouse, 469 President Street bet Nevins St & 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, all day, free

Line in the Sand Rally to Protect Long Beach
Long Beach Boardwalk and Edwards Boulevard, Long Beach, 4-7pm, free

Park Slope Greens Monthly Meeting
PS United Methodist Church (basement/garden entrance), corner of 6th Avenue and 8th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7-9pm, free

Tree Care Tuesday
East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue at North 8th Street, Brooklyn, 10am-12pm, free

Old NYC Water Supply Walk with Geologist Sidney Horenstein
Bowling Green NYC, Native American Museum, Manhattan, 6:30-8:30pm, $40

Storms! Floods! Heat Waves! A Discussion of Climate Change Impacts in NYC
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 partner organizations
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