In this week's Newsletter: Come to the next Clean Energy Connections panel discussion on November 8, K-12 Education Director Sarah Pidgeon featured on the STELAR blog, coal-fired power plants in Western NY could be shut down and much more!
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Next Clean EC Panel Discussion Coming Up on November 18


Join us and our friends NYC ACRE and Greentech Media for the next installment of the Clean Energy Connections panel series on November 18: The Ultimate Resiliency Plan: Microgrids and the Continued Segmentation of Electric Grid Assets.

Spurred by favorable state-reliability initiatives, the U.S. microgrid market has reached a notable tipping point between technology development and wider-scale commercial deployment. Though substantial regulatory overhauls will be necessary for this market to truly flourish, policymakers and regulators are increasingly funding and considering legislation to further promote the development of microgrids for a variety of applications, most notably resiliency and renewables integration. Simultaneously, factors such as increasing customer demands, technological maturity and the decreasing price of DG are driving project economics forward, creating more viable business cases for end-use customers looking to attain energy surety, as well as vendor opportunities to expand the addressable market to new customer classes.

This panel will dive into the major drivers, stakeholder challenges and ongoing regulatory and implementation efforts shaping today’s microgrid market.

Moderator:

Omar Saadeh – Senior Analyst, GTM Research at Greentech Media

Panelists:

Brent Hollenbeck – Founder and CEO, TimberRock Energy Solutions
John Bradley – Associate Vice President for Sustainability, Energy, and Technical Services, NYU

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:30pm-9:00pm
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC
44 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014


You can register here. Can’t make it to the show?  Stream it live here.

S1 K-12 Education Director Sarah Pidgeon Talks GreenTECH on the STELAR Blog

We were so proud to see Sarah Pidgeon featured on the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) blog last month, talking about the GreenTECH project, which focuses on green technology and careers for high school students. 

Along with Solar One, other partners in the GreenTECH project include MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools & Education), a youth development program that prepares young people to serve as technology experts; the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at New York University, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The GreenTECH program combines the successful methodology of the Solar One Green Design Lab program with the highly effective approach of MOUSE Technical Squads.

You can read the whole interview here.

Coal-Fired Power Plants in Western NY Can Be Closed Without Disrupting Grid

Coal has been on the decline for several years as an electricity generating fuel, and in fact there are no coal-fired power plants within our city limits. And now two coal-fired plants in Western NY may have outlived their usefulness.

A new study from the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO), both the Huntley and the Dunkirk plants, both located near Buffalo, could be shut down after some transmission upgrades that could make them obsolete. The study concluded that both plants could be closed without disrupting the power grid.

“Based upon the expectation of the timely completion of the National Grid upgrades and that no other changes occur to the current and planned status of the New York electric system, reliability will be maintained through at least the year 2020 if Dunkirk is mothballed January 1, 2016, and Huntley is retired March 1, 2016,” wrote Richard Dewey, executive vice president of NYISO.

You can read the whole story from Capital New York here.
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Other Events


11/7
Intro to Urban Permaculture w/Andrew Faust
La Plaza Cultural, corner of East 9th Street and Avenue C, Manhattan, 10am-2pm, suggested donation $10-20/free for garden members

11/10
CHP Power Webinar: Enhance your Building's Power Reliability
Online, 12-1pm, free

Recycling and Zero Waste Forum
West Park Presbyterian Church, 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan, 6:30-9pm, $5

11/11
The Dirt on Dirt
Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street at Irving Place, Manhattan, 6:30-8:45pm, donations welcome

This Changes Everything Screening and Panel Discussion
Patagonia Soho, 72 Greene Street bet Spring & Broome Sts, Manhattan, 6:30-10pm, free 

11/12
The Dark Side of Light
Building Energy Exchange, 31 Chambers Street, Suite 609, bet Elk & Centre Sts, Manhattan, 9-10:30am, $10 general admission/$5 members
 
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