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POLITICO New York Energy: All renewables push -- Hoosick Falls accepts payment -- New Jersey moves on offshore wind

By Danielle Muoio and Marie J. French | 03/01/2018 09:59 AM EDT

ALL RENEWABLES PUSH — POLITICO's Marie J. French: A group of Assembly Democrats and Democratic state Sen. Brad Hoylman are backing a measure to push the state to move toward 100 percent renewable energy, including transitioning off fossil fuels for heating buildings and powering vehicles, by 2032. The campaign is supported by Food and Water Watch, Green Education and Legal Fund, People of Albany United for Safe Energy and other environmental activist groups. Assemblyman William Colton (D-Brooklyn) is sponsoring the measure, NY A5105 (17R) . Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a goal to source 50 percent of electricity used in the state from renewable sources by 2030 and reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by that year. Many environmental advocates are concerned the state may not achieve those goals, and groups like Food and Water Watch have criticized them as not ambitious enough. Read more here.

ICYMI: HOOSICK FALLS ACCEPTS FUNDS — Times Union's Wendy Liberatore: "The Village Board voted on Tuesday night to accept a $330,251 payment from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International to reimburse the village for some of the costs associated with the PFOA contamination of its water supply. The resolution to accept the funds, which passed unanimously, is not a settlement agreement and does not release the companies from future reimbursement costs and damages, said Mayor Robert Allen. 'It's a big step, a good step and a helpful step,' Allen said. 'It's a huge help to our immediate cash flow. But there are no strings attached. It does not release them from suing them in the future.'" Read more here.

OFFSHORE WIND MOVEMENT — POLITICO's Danielle Muoio: The state Board of Public Utilities unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday to jump-start Gov. Phil Murphy's offshore wind development plan. The action directs BPU staff to initiate the rulemaking process to develop offshore wind renewable energy certificates — the mechanism used to fund offshore wind projects. The staff must also engage offshore wind developers to prepare for solicitation for 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind. "Governor Murphy recognizes that New Jersey has a moral obligation to combat climate change," BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso said in a statement. "BPU will play a critical role in this effort as we help New Jersey move toward a cleaner and greener energy state, beginning with our action today to implement [executive order] 8."... The vote shows the BPU is taking steps to follow through with the executive order signed by Murphy in late January. The executive order directed the BPU and the Department of Environmental Protection to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act that was signed by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie in 2010. The act had called on the BPU to develop a renewable credit program for at least 1,100 MW of offshore wind. But under Christie, the agency, which the governor controls, allowed the act to lay dormant for years, and its policies were never implemented. Read more here.

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AROUND NEW YORK:

— Cuomo failed to mention the water crisis in Newburgh while kicking off a water quality summit on algal blooms at a nearby event.

— About 150 people looking for answers to concerns about the Competitive Power Ventures power plant showed up for a community forum in the Town of Wallkill.

— One of Indian Point's two nuclear reactors began generating electricity Wednesday morning after a nearly two-week shutdown caused by a faulty generator.

— The DEC is refusing to release documents related to an award of state REDC money to the Nature Conservancy for the vague purpose of projects "to protect Owasco Lake and clean drinking water in Central New York."

— DEC's Basil Seggos assured lawmakers that local governments would not be hurt by proposed changes to how the state pays property taxes on forever-wild forest lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

— How should New York set carbon prices — and who should be tasked with doing it? Those are the questions the state's Integrating Public Policy Task Force is starting to tackle.

— The Hopkinton Town Board met to work through some areas of disagreement with the new proposed law regulating construction of wind turbines.

— Mayor de Blasio launched a lawsuit against five major oil companies — but records show cars used by the mayor's office are buying gas from the same companies.

— A new proposal for sewer lines on Route 9 in Moreau would include only a dozen houses, but would cost each property owner far more than in previous plans.

— Nassau's sewage plant will get a water recycling system.

— The state Department of Health is making it clearer to anglers that they can consume yellow perch caught in Onondaga Lake, with caveats.

— ICYMI: Tesla wants lawmakers to allow it to open 15 stores in the state.

— The disputed 37-acres of wooded property in Clifton Park that forced two public votes at Shenendehowa School District has been transferred to the town.

— Solar energy proponents want Lumberland officials to consider community choice aggregation.

— Port Chester received over $5 million in financing for its ongoing sewer rehabilitation work through a state clean water grant earlier this month.

— State administrative law judges awarded funding for the towns of Redfield and Worth to hire consultants for the ongoing Article 10 review of the Mad River Wind Farm.

— Simuwatt Inc., a Boulder-based clean-tech company that does energy analysis for buildings, won space in the ACRE clean-tech incubator program at NYU.

— The gates at Long Sault Dam may need to be opened as early as Thursday in order to spill excess water from the St. Lawrence River.

— Penfield residents voted overwhelmingly to approve the $3.65 million purchase of the former Shadow Pines golf course and adjacent Clark House.

ACROSS THE RIVER:

— Scott Weiner, most recently a top staffer at the New York Public Service Commission and before that president of the NJ BPU, joins an N.J. law firm.

— Atlantic City Electric is the first utility in the state to file a petition with the Board of Public Utilities to expand electric vehicle charging stations.

— STORM WATCH: high winds could lead to power outages in Monmouth County and Ocean County on Friday. There's also a coastal flood watch for the Jersey Shore.

INTERIOR ASSISTANT RESIGNS — The Washington Post's Darryl Fears: "An Interior Department special assistant resigned Wednesday after a search of her social media accounts revealed that she routinely shared conspiracy theories, false statements and racially tinged comments about Muslims and African Americans." Read more here.

CPP SUPPORT — San Francisco Chronicle's Fimrite: "A steady march of politicians, physicians and scientists came to San Francisco from across California on Wednesday to testify against a federal plan to repeal the nation's signature law regulating carbon dioxide emissions." Read more here.

FERC REBUTS PIPELINE REPORT — UtilityDive's Gavin Bade: "The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday announced an inquiry by its staff has revealed no capacity withholding by gas utilities on the Algonquin pipeline. The inquiry came after a report from the Environmental Defense Fund asserted that two utilities, Eversource and Avangrid, artificially constrained pipeline capacity for years, increasing electricity prices for the region by more than $3 billion." Read more here.

GREEN TEA PARTY — The New York Times' Ivan Penn: "Debbie Dooley's conservative profile seems impeccable. The gun-owning daughter of a Baptist preacher, she was an early organizer for the Tea Party movement. She voted for President Trump and still supports him. But when it comes to energy, her independent streak sends her down a different path: She takes issue with some of Mr. Trump's signature positions, goes up against some of the nation's biggest utility companies and often crosses conventional partisan lines." Read more here.

NOT QUITE MR. PRESIDENT — Greentech Media's Julia Pyper: "President Trump touted a claim that his new solar import tariffs have been successful at bringing back U.S. solar manufacturing in a meeting with a group of governors at the White House on Monday. ... The problem with the president's statements is that they're only partially true." Read more here.

A TWEET THAT ROCKED THE OIL INDUSTRY — Reuters' Ernest Scheyder: "A member of Chevron Corp's board of directors sent a tweet on Wednesday that questioned the future of the oil industry given the rise of renewable energy technologies." Read more here.

NRG DUMPS WIND, SOLAR — Bloomberg's Brian Eckhouse: "The biggest clean-energy advocate in the U.S. power industry is selling almost all of its wind and solar assets. So what's next for NRG Energy Inc.?" Read more here.

EXXON EXITS RUSSIA — Bloomberg's Kevin Crowley: "Exxon Mobil Corp. said it's abandoning joint ventures with Russia's Rosneft PJSC after international sanctions against the nation's energy sector paralyzed a historic drilling project." Read more here.

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