In this week's Newsletter: The new season of the Clean Energy Connections panel series, city council bill proposes that cyclists should cross with pedestrians, radioactive water leak at Indian Point revives call to shut power plant  and much more!
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Clean EC Panel Discussions Return for 2016

Interested in how energy generation, energy markets, energy consumption and energy financing are changing? Come to our Clean Energy Connections panel discussion series, kicking off for 2016 with The Next Opportunity at the Grid Edge: A Focus on Large Energy Consumers on March 1 at 6:30pm.
Large commercial and industrial power consumers are exposed to an ever-increasing array of new opportunities and technologies at the grid edge – many of which can have a material impact on the how they manage their energy use, interact with grid services and, more broadly, conduct day-to-day business operations. The options available to customers are growing rapidly and becoming more complex. This panel will bring together experts from large energy consumers to highlight:
  • Energy management and optimization
  • Building, facility or campus operations
  • Corporate sustainability efforts
  • Renewable or alternative energy sources
Moderator: Steve Propper, Director, Grid Edge, GTM Research at Greentech Media

Panelists: Vishnu Barran, Senior Business Development Manager at ENER-G Group Inc.

More to be announced soon!

Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 students and are available here.

Can't make it in person? There will be a live stream, check the Clean EC website for the link.

The Next Opportunity at the Grid Edge: A Focus on Large Energy Consumers
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014

City Council Proposes Bill to Allow Cyclists to Cross with Pedestrians

As we are all too well aware, New York is a city full of people, and they all seem to be going somewhere at the same time. While of course our city is famous for its walkability, it's also famous for its truck traffic and traffic jams. And in the past few years, we've added bike lanes to promote yet another form of human powered transportation on our streets.

All this mixed use of our streets makes for a vibrant street character, but it's also dangerous, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. Now the City Council hopes to address this with a new bill that would require 3.7 second Leading Pedestrian Intervals- a headstart for walkers and cyclists- at every intersection.

According to the bill’s sponsors, Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca of Sunset Park, Brad Lander of Park Slope, and Antonio Reynoso of Williamsburg, “LPIs have been shown to reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions as much as 60% at treated intersections.” 

The bill is part of the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities completely. You can read more about the new bill on here. 

Radioactive Water Leaks Prompts New Calls to Close Indian Point

At a time when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering whether to grant the Indian Point nuclear power plant a new 20 year operating license, it is not a good sign that radioactive water has been found to be leaking into the groundwater at the plant. Indian Point has been in operation since 1962.

Governor Cuomo has been calling for Entergy, the company that operates Indian Point, to close the facility, something that environmentalists have long wished for. 

“This is not the first such release of radioactive water at Indian Point, nor is this the first time that Indian Point has experienced significant failure in its operation and maintenance,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This failure continues to demonstrate that Indian Point cannot continue to operate in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment.”

Even though detected radiation levels were low and pose no risk to the public, the plant's location a mere 25 miles north of New York City makes an abundance of caution prudent. You can read more about the leak at Indian Point on Capital New York's website here.


Upcoming Events at Solar 1

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