NY's Great Lakes: Energy
Sections on this page: General Information | Hydropower | Nuclear Energy | Solar Energy | Wind Energy
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2015 New York State Energy Plan
The State Energy Plan is a comprehensive road map to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The Plan coordinates every State agency and authority that touches energy to advance the REV agenda, unleashing groundbreaking regulatory reform to integrate clean energy into the core of our power grid, redesigning programs to unlock private capital, and actively deploying innovative energy solutions across the State’s own public facilities and operations.
New York State has built a portfolio of programs and policies that will lower energy use, reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for unavoidable climate change. Links on this page access websites of the agencies involved with administering the key energy and climate programs listed. These websites are the best source for complete and updated information on New York's energy and climate programs.
New York's Energy and Climate Portfolio
New York State has built a portfolio of programs and policies that will lower energy use, reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for unavoidable climate change. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has strengthened this portfolio with strategic statewide plans to make New York's energy systems more resilient and reliable and enhance the state's energy competitiveness.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Advance innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York's economy and environment.
New York State Energy Plan
The State Energy Plan is a comprehensive road map to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.
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Hydropower in New York
New York is the largest hydroelectric power producer east of the Rocky Mountains and is fourth in the nation in the generation of electricity from hydropower. More than 300 hydroelectric generating stations - some very small, a few very large and many in between -- connect to New York's electric grid. Hydro plants typically meet at least 17 percent of the state's total electricity demand with renewable, clean and inexpensive power.
Hydropower Energy Projects
The New York Field Office reviews non-Federal hydroelectric projects that are licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the Federal Power Act. Section 10(j) of the FPA allows the Service to make recommendations for measures to mitigate for project impacts to fish and wildlife resources and to provide protection and enhancement.
U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Program
The DOE Water Power Program researches, develops, and tests innovative technologies to generate renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective electricity from water resources. This includes hydropower as well as marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies.
St. Lawrence- Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project
The Power Authority's history began with hydropower, and their first generating facility is the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, located on New York's border with Canada. We began producing hydroelectricity here in 1958, the result of a cooperative effort between the U.S. and Canada.
Niagara Power Plant
The United States and Canada have shared the Niagara River's water power—along with a commitment to preserve the beauty of the Falls—for nearly half a century. And our Niagara Power Plant will continue to produce steady supplies of clean, carbon-free hydroelectricity for another 50 years with a new federal license which took effect September 1, 2007.
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United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates commercial nuclear power plants that generate electricity. There are several types of these power reactors. Of these, only the Pressurized Water Reactors and Boiling Water Reactors are in commercial operation in the United States. The NRC's regulatory activities are focused on reactor safety oversight and reactor license renewal of existing plants, materials safety oversight and materials licensing for a variety of purposes, and waste management of both high-level waste and low-level waste.
James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Unit 1
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Unit 2
R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant
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Solar Electric Clean Power Estimator
The Clean Power Estimator uses the data provided to gather information about your utility rates, available sunlight at your site, and all available incentive and tax credits to generate a customized estimate of the costs and savings of installing a solar electric system using a participating contractor under NY-Sun Incentive Program.
NY-Sun Incentive Program
Funding is available through NY-Sun to help reduce the costs of installing solar electric (also referred to as photovoltaic, or PV) systems across New York State. Visit this site to learn more about how to participate in this program.
Solar Energy in New York
Solar energy is abundant, non-polluting and does not emit greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Even in the northeastern United States, where sunlight is variable, solar energy helps to warm and light many buildings and can make a significant contribution to meeting demand for electricity and hot water.
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Existing and Proposed Wind Projects in NYS Available Web sites
Environmental reports and other information for existing and proposed New York State Wind Energy Projects as of March, 2015.
Wind Power in New York
A single small wind turbine can generate enough clean electricity for local use. Connect several large turbines to an electric power grid and you have a wind farm -- a wind energy system generating significant amounts of pollution-free, renewable electric power to be used anywhere power lines reach.
WINDExchange is the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program's platform for disseminating credible information about wind energy. WINDExchange stakeholder engagement and outreach activities are designed to enable well-informed decisions about the appropriate deployment of wind energy.