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LICSN – This Week: LIPA Hearings; National Webcast; Babylon Presentation and Green Jobs! 3/30/09

Upcoming Presentation this week:

April 1. 7:30 pm.  Pisces Restaurant, Babylon . Presentation by Scott Carlin.  “Global Warming: How Immediate is the Crisis?”  Global Warming is not just a crisis of ecology, it effects our economy and our ability to produce energy. An economy run by corporations is failing us. Corporations are legally required to place the interests of shareholders ahead of planetary health.  We need a broader model of democracy which would allow us to quickly and fairly dial down our consumption while focusing on fulfilling basic human needs.  Sponsored by the Babylon Greens.

March 30th and 31st The National Academies is hosting a Summit on America ‘s Climate Choices on March 30 and 31, 2009. Watch the LIVE Web cast.


Toward a New Sustainable Economy. The fallacy that economic growth can lead to improved human welfare underpins the global financial crisis. Now, we need to move beyond ‘growth at all costs’ and reorganise the economy based on the quality of life rather than quantity of consumption

by Robert Costanza. March 26, 2009 in Real World Economics Review. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/03/26-10 

Babylon forms nonproift to push for energy retrofits The Town of Babylon has announced the creation of a nonprofit…country. The program, called the Babylon Project, will help municipalities set…October. To pay for the program, Babylon passed legislation defining carbon as…

Study Forecasts 297,000 Green Jobs. By Kate Galbraith, NYTimes, March 27, 2009. “The debate over the potential for green jobs creation in this country continues. This week the Union of Concerned Scientists weighed in, with a report [PDF, 5 pp] that said that a national “renewable electricity standard” set at 25 percent by 2025 would translate into 297,000 new green jobs. A ‘renewable electricity standard’ refers to the objective of producing a certain percentage of the nation’s electricity from sources like wind power, solar panels, wood chips and dams. President Obama has endorsed a 25-percent-by-2025 standard, and the issue is expected to be included in forthcoming energy legislation. Some jobs would be lost in fossil-fuel industries like coal or natural gas. If those are factored in, according to the report, the net number of jobs gained becomes 202,000. ‘There were three times as many jobs produced in renewable energy than there would be if we followed a business as usual path and used more fossil fuel generation,’ said Jeff Deyette, an analyst with the group’s clean energy program.”

Yale Study Finds Climate Change on America’s Mind. By James Hoggan, HuffingtonPost, March 19, 2009. “A new research report [Climate Change in the American Mind, PDF, 56 pp]conducted at Yale… details the fact that, despite the global economic meltdown, over 90 percent of Americans agree that the U.S. should act rapidly to combat global warming, including 34 percent who feel the U.S. should make a large-scale effort even if it costs a lot of money. Americans overwhelmingly support calls for a comprehensive set of climate change and energy policies, including funding for research on renewable energy (92%); tax rebates for people buying fuel-efficient vehicles or solar panels (85%); and regulation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant (80%)… The study authors surveyed over 2,000 Americans last fall to extrapolate the nationwide figures.”

LIPA Releases Draft Energy Master Plan

Public Hearing dates are listed below


The Draft Electric Resource Plan contains four key strategies for the period 2009 through 2018;

*   investment in energy efficiency

*   Invetstment in Renewable Energy

*   Maintain and upgrad our existing fleet

*   Improving transmission interconnections

A copy of the Plan is available at:


LIPA will conduct three separate public hearings with regard to the Draft Electric Resource Plan on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, April 2, 2009 – 10:00AM

William H. Rogers Legislature Building

725 Veterans Memorial Highway

Smithtown, NY

Monday, April 6, 2009 – 11:00AM

Nassau County Legislative Chamber

1550 Franklin Avenue

Mineola, NY

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – 7:00PM

Melville Marriott

1350 Old Walt Whitman Road

Melville, NY

Written and e-mail input will be accepted through April 30, 2009.

Written comments can be emailed to EnergyPlan@lipower.org or sent through regular mail to:

Kevin S. Law

Attn: Draft Electric Resource Plan

Long Island Power Authority

333 Earle Ovington Blvd, Suite 403

Uniondale, NY 11553

Other LIPA News:

Feb. 27, 2009. Governor David A. Paterson today announced that the largest solar energy project in New York State history is moving forward on Long Island , increasing the State’s total solar energy production threefold. The 50 megawatt (MW) project would provide enough power to sustain more than 6,500 households and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20,000 tons per year.

The solar project is consistent with Governor Paterson’s recently announced “45 by 15” program, which establishes the goal for the State to meet 45 percent of its electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2015. A statewide focus on solar energy was also a core recommendation of Governor Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force in February 2008.

“This project is not only the largest of its kind in State history, it is also one of the first of its kind in our nation, proving once again that New York is at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution,”

said Governor Paterson. “As I outlined in my State of the State address, our ’45 by 15′ program is one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country, and we estimate that it will create 50,000 new jobs in New York .”

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) officials declared the results of a competitive procurement marking the selection of BP Solar to provide

36.9 MW of solar energy which would be hosted on the federal property of Brookhaven National Laboratories (BNL). Additionally, enXco will supply

13.1 MW of solar energy from facilities constructed and operated on municipal, school and private properties across Long Island .

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