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SolarCity Names COO Tanguy Serra to New Role of President

SolarCity has appointed Tanguy Serra to President, a new role at the renewable electricity provider. Mr. Serra was formerly Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SolarCity, a NYSSGC member organization. In this newly created position, Mr. Serra reports to Lyndon Rive, Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Continuing to oversee the firm’s operations, Mr. Serra’ responsibilities expand to include management of SolarCity’s structured finance, asset management and investor relations organizations. The company also announced the impending retirement of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Brad Buss in early 2016. 

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NYT Reports Gov. Cuomo About to Increase Renewables Mandate

According to a report by the New York Times, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has plans to instruct state regulators to mandate that, by 2030, half of the power consumed by New Yorkers come from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and other renewables. While Governor Cuomo has already announced a goal of having 50% of the state’s power generated by renewables in 15 years, there was no means of enforcing that goal. According to the NYT, the Governor will have the state’s Public Service Commission codify the requirement. Increased use of renewables is a major component of the NYS Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. 

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Brookhaven Lab Technologies Receive R&D 100 Awards

R&D Magazine has bestowed two 2015 R&D 100 awards on Brookhaven National Laboratory for two technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy facility, which is a member of NYSSGC. The awards recognize the top 100 proven technological advances of the year, selected by an R&D Magazine panel. The honored technologies are the Active Superconducting Fault Current Limited for Electric Grid (aSFCL) and Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool. 

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Gov. Cuomo Directs NYS Dept. of Public Service to Enact New Clean Energy Standard

The New York State Department of Public Service now has a formal directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo to develop and enact a Clean Energy Standard to ensure that 50% of electric power consumed in the state come from clean, renewable energy sources by 2030. “As discussions [on climate change] continue in Paris, we are taking real, enforceable actions in New York to lay the foundation for a thriving clean energy economy,” Governor Cuomo noted. The directive helps advance the NYS Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan to build a clean, affordable and resilient energy system for New Yorkers.

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Team Receives $3M in ARPA-E Funding for Prosumer Grid Innovative Energy Technology

A team comprising energy software developer Prosumer Grid, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), NRECA, and Newport Consulting was awarded $3 million in funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The award will be used for Prosumer Grid to develop a specialized, interactive software tool that simulates the operation of emerging Distribution System Operators (DSOs) at the physical, information and market levels. The software will help advance goals of the NYS Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, allowing grid managers and market actors to evaluate the effect of new distributed energy resources (DER), market rules and business processes. 

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Clean Energy Innovation Gains a Global Push

U.S. President Obama joined French President Hollande and a number of other global leaders to announce an initiative that significantly speeds energy innovation in the public and the private sectors to help address climate change, make energy more affordable and increase commercial opportunities in the clean energy arena. Called Mission Innovation, the initiative comprises the commitment of 20 countries across five continents to double their research and developments investments in clean energy over five years. Included in the agreement are the five most populated counties—the Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and the United States. 

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Solar City Produces World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel

Solar City has begun producing the first modules of what it touts as the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. The NYSSGC member company reports that the solar panel, with a module efficiency of more than 22%, exceeds any rooftop panel in production in in terms of the amount of energy it generates per square foot and the quantity of energy harvested over a year. It began production of the first modules at its 100MW pilot facility, with plans to ultimately build the majority of the panels at its 1 GW facility in Buffalo, NY. 

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Prepaid Utility Service Part of Customer-Facing Initiatives

A new report from the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability examines the experiences of utilities and consumers with prepaid utility service, a payment option in which a consumer purchases a dollar amount of electricity and a utility deducts from the balance the customer’s actual energy usage as it is consumed. Among the topics explored in the report, Bridging the Gaps on Prepaid Utility Service, are projects that are part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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NY Green Bank Deals Improve Access to Renewables for Residents, Businesses

An investment by NY Green Bank of $49 million in three transactions will leverage an additional $170 million in private investments to expand clean-energy markets in New York State. The transactions allow private sector partners to provide and expand access for their residential, commercial and agricultural customers to cleaner and more affordable energy. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that the investments further establish New York as a global leader in clean energy development and the fight against climate change. NY Green Bank is a core component of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. 

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Expanding Access to Solar

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has helped make it easier for low-to-moderate-income homeowners to access solar. The Affordable Solar program, which supports NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, doubles incentives for solar projects for households that earn less than 80% of the area’s or state’s median income.
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