renewable energy

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Environmental groups in New York had several victories in 2014 – hydrofracking was banned, solar power expanded, the ivory trade outlawed. Groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council have applauded Gov. Cuomo’s recent decisions. But Richard Schrader of the NRDC wants a clearer plan.

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A less-heralded aspect of Governor Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.

It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written, version of his agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.

To do that, Cuomo wants to launch a biomass heating program called Renewable Heat N.Y.

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More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena at University at Buffalo on Thursday. They were calling on the President to change his stance on a range of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

Natale Builders

A bill passed in the State Senate  aims to increase the number of green homes built in New York state. 

The legislation would give municipalities the power to grant tax exemptions for green home construction  in their district.

The green homes initiative will give people planning to build a home a 35 percent tax exemption for 20 years, but their architectural plan would have to meet the National Association of Home Builders and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards first.

The Green Pages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to their application process for accessing renewable energy funding. The suggestions are expected to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to get renewable energy and energy efficiency funds through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).