Luthin Tunes_LA Confidential_Winter 2020
LA ConfidentialJanuary 15, 2020

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet. I’m Hunting Carbon

The biggest issue confronting the energy industry in New York today is decarbonization. That is, how to reliably meet the energy needs of the state’s residents and businesses while drastically reducing and eventually eliminating altogether greenhouse gas emissions - and do it without breaking the bank. The challenge is especially – well, challenging – for the electricity sector. Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act or CLCPA, enacted into law this summer, all the electricity needs of New York are to be met by carbon-free resources no later than 2040.

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Luthin Tunes_LA Confidential_Winter 2020
LA ConfidentialJanuary 15, 2020

Navigating Local Law 97 of New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act

A major challenge for building managers in New York City is on the horizon: hard limits on their facilities’ greenhouse gas (GHG) output. New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), specifically Local Law 97 (LL97), requires that thousands of non-residential buildings with more than 25,000 gross square feet show that they do not exceed those limits. It covers all commercial and institutional facilities, including industrial properties not involved in producing utility power or steam. Even Foghorn Leghorn, never at a loss for words, had to stop and take a breath after hearing about this new legislation.

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Luthin Tunes_LA Confidential_Winter 2020
LA ConfidentialJanuary 15, 2020

Factoid: Cutting Cattle Greenhouse Gas

Could eating seaweed save the climate?

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Luthin Tunes_LA Confidential_Winter 2020
LA ConfidentialJanuary 15, 2020

Time to Look Again at Your Lighting

Elmer Fudd may never find that wascally wabbit by looking down a rabbit hole, but building owners and managers can find a chunk of energy and cost savings just by looking up at their ceilings.

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LA Confidential_Summer 2019
LA ConfidentialJune 27, 2019

Factoid: Changes to Environment Disclosure Labels

As estimated by NYSERDA’s Environmental Disclosure Label data for NY State, alternative sources of energy are on the rise. Comparing 2014 data to that available in 2017, hydroelectric sources went from 5% to 9%. Meanwhile, the use of natural gas went from 56% to 42%.

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LA Confidential_Summer 2019
LA ConfidentialJune 27, 2019

Will Electric Vehicles (EV) Transport Us to A Clean and Green World?

2020 may be the year of the electric vehicle (EV). Dozens of new models are available, and major car manufacturers are jumping on the EV bandwagon. As the power grid becomes cleaner, fossil-fueled transportation is now the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) contributor in the U.S. It is quickly becoming the new target to cut personal, community, and national carbon footprints. More than 1 million EVs are on U.S. roads and price discounts abound, but get them before the “sunsets” on this popular industry trend.

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LA Confidential_Summer 2019
LA ConfidentialJune 27, 2019

Will New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act Save The Big Apple?

Cities and states are moving ahead to fill the void left by federal inaction on global warming. On April 18, 2019, New York City’s government approved a Climate Mobilization Act designed to deepen and accelerate that effort. While hailed by many as a strong thrust toward reducing the City’s overall carbon footprint, some have expressed concern regarding its potential costs and ability to meet goals.

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LA Confidential_Summer 2019
LA ConfidentialJune 27, 2019

Will Power Storage Incentives Be the Key to Expanding Renewables?

As battery power storage pricing drops, new installation goals and incentive programs are emerging. New York State is pushing for 1.5 gigawatts (GW = 1000 MW) of storage capacity by 2025, and 3 GW by 2030. Utility level and behind-the-meter (BTM) projects promoted through equipment rebates and power price adjustments under the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) process. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Order 841 offers access to wholesale power markets by mandating Independent System Operators (ISOs) create rules for entry and valuing of power storage capacity.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Factoid: The Powerful Force of Solar Energy

Happening currently, in a galaxy not so far away, is solar energy innovation. While solar energy is an expanding filed, its usage is low compared to fossil fuels. Solar accounts for 2% and fossil 60% of US power, respectively. Limitations for solar power include storage costs and accessibility to sunlight. However, recent developments may further enhance solar power’s capacity.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Which Is Easier to Understand: VDER or Wookie?

For years, on-site power producers (i.e. solar panel systems) in New York were compensated by utilities for excess electricity they injected into local grids (instead of being used on-site) based on a Net Energy Metering (NEM) rate equal to the utility’s all-in electric rate.

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