During the month of January, SUNY New paltz published an article on how the university was awarded $1.4 million for sustainable energy projects in 2016. The article highlights programs the school implemented during the last year that yielded significant funding for campus energy projects, including Demand Response.
The 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation took place in San Francisco in early June. Honorable Jim Carr (Canada's Minister of Natural Resources), Pedro Joaquin Coldwell (Mexico's Secretary of Energy), and Dr. Ernest Moniz (United States Secretary of Energy) all showed their support and interest in mutual clean energy. The collective progress made to date by the three countries include but are not limited to accelerating investments in clean energy research, launching the North American Renewable Integration Study, and identifying shared North American priorities for collaboration on clean energy innovation technology.
New York Presbyterian Hospital is one of the nation's most reputable, academic health care delivery systems. The hospital has built its reputation based on its commitment to highest quality of service and compassionate care for it's patients. NYP's commitment to excellence does not end there. For "Earth Day", the hospital decided to host different events during the entire month throughout all of its health system campuses. From April 8th trough May 28th, service providers, organizations, employees and visitors have enjoyed the events in celebration of our delicate ecosystem.
NuEnergen is honored to have been invited by New York Presbyterian to participate in Earth Day celebrations and, more importantly, to be one of the NYP service providers contributing to hospital's commitment to sustainability.
On April 20, NuEnergen had the pleasure to celebrate Earth Day 2016 with the GSA Region 2.
It was a day to celebrate and promote awareness of the delicate balance of the ecosystem while fostering good habits about consumption and conservation of resources. Region 2 also celebrated a major milestone with regard to participation in Demand Response with it's partner, NuEnergen. Since the inception of the program in 2011, total earnings to the GSA now exceed $1.6M, a number proudly displayed on a large check presented at 26 Federal Plaza by NuEnergen CEO Kevin Hamilton.
This check reflects the stellar participation of the GSA in Demand Response by reducing electrical energy usage during periods of high demand when the grid is stressed. In partnership with NuEnergen, the GSA has made tremendous progress with the participation of 17 different buildings across New York and New Jersey.
This year we decided to do something different for Earth day. Something that could really make a difference. This is the reason why we joined the New York Bee Sanctuary, and together we will celebrate Earth Day 2016, by not only making a donation on behalf of our clients, but most importantly, by taking the pledge to save the bees and we hope you will join us too.
As you may know, bees are disappearing rapidly. But why are bees so important you may ask? To answer this question, we reached out to our friends at the New York Bee Sanctuary. They explained to us that most bees are pollinators, which means they help plants to reproduce. So without bees, no new plants. And what are new plants for? The fruits and vegetables we eat every day. From apples to strawberries, from coffee to chocolate, from almonds to tomatoes, all these plants need pollinators ... you get the picture, right?
One of the efforts the New York Bee Sanctuary is focusing on is to encourage individuals, corporations and cities to create BEE-SAFE zones, "places where pollinators are safe and can find healthy food, water & shelter" (according to their blog - 10 ways you can help safe the bees)
We hope you can join us and the New York Bee Sanctuary to help the bees. Here are some ways You can help:
Demand Response has become a critically important energy program with the New York Citywide Administration ("DCAS"). On March 24th, NuEnergen had the great pleasure of celebrating our shared successes with DCAS and sister City of NY agencies enrolled in Demand Response Programs. Everyone involved enjoyed an award ceremony where high-achievers were recognized in addition to the presentation of a Demand Response payment check of approx. $5.5M to the city by Kevin Hamilton, CEO of NuEnergen. "What a fantastic result the city has achieved through dedicated participation in ConEdison & NYISO Demand Response Programs. DCAS' progress is unmatched among other municipalites within the United States."
As DCAS Commissioner Ms. Lissette Camilo mentioned, the city’s participation in this program not only helps with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions...but also contributes to a solid, on-going revenue stream for the city. Funds of which are used for energy sustainability initiatives.
Wind and solar require enormous amounts of backup and/or storage, and hydropower has serious limitations in terms of large-scale development. This means that it's not likely that we can count on these sources as the "cure-all" to our climate change woes. Nuclear energy continues to serve as the largest source of low-carbon power throughout the United States and European Union, but even it isn't growing fast enough to meet our demands for stabilizing the climate while keeping the world powered. If we hope to succeed in these objectives, the nuclear power industry needs to grow by leaps and bounds.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that our nuclear energy capacity will need to more than double by the year 2050 if we hope to meet our targets. But is this possible? As it stands, projections through 2035 don't show much promise for that level and speed of nuclear expansion. It's time to step up the game -- our very lives depend on it. Former NASA scientist James Hansen has stated that, "We do not have a prayer of winning this fight without [nuclear energy]."
Awareness is extremely important at this juncture in time. While there is a lot of opposition, nuclear energy is still growing faster than it has in two decades, according to reports from the World Nuclear Association. While the efforts of a handful of experts may not be enough to continue nudging the growth process to speed up and move in the right direction, public education on the matter can make a huge impact and could make it possible for us to achieve our goals for halting climate change.
Solar, wind, and hydropower are all excellent low-carbon, renewable energy sources and should certainly be embraced, but we can't fool ourselves into thinking that we can do much to slow down the climate change problem without the use of nuclear energy. Learn more about this hot topic by talking with the experts at NuEnergen.