Clean Energy

Feds set wind-energy lease sale for LI waters

By CARL CORRY // More than 80,000 acres of federal waters about 11 miles off the coast of Long Island will be made available to lease for off-shore wind-energy development, the Obama administration announced this week. The proposed lease area of 81,130 acres off the Rockaways comprises the New York Wind Energy Area, which the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management identified earlier this year in consultation with the New York Intergovernmental Renewable…


Green Bank inks four solar deals

NY Green Bank, the state’s $1 billion energy financing arm, has completed four new deals that will encourage job creation and private investment. Combined, the efforts are expected to facilitate 6,200 residential rooftop solar installations across New York, as well as eight ground-based solar installations for commercial and industrial use. The Green Bank – part of the 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund, the state’s commitment to clean-energy market growth – is participating in two…


Jasmine Universe is now officially a thing

By GREGORY ZELLER // World, meet Universe. Jasmine Universe, an energy-use startup developing technology to maximize efficiency in home and work environments, made its official public debut Thursday at Advanced Energy 2016, a New York City sustainability conference organized by Stony Brook University and co-sponsored by a topflight assemblage of research organizations, private companies and government agencies. For the 2014 startup, a Start-Up NY resident of SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Thursday’s “press…


East Hampton wins microgrid funding

State microgrid program ups the ante

Another $8 million is up for grabs in Phase II of the NY Prize microgrid competition, officially kicked off Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Following 2015’s $8.3 million Phase I, which offered relatively small $100,000 awards to help 83 winning statewide communities conduct feasibility studies on their indigenous microgrid proposals, Phase II will select eight projects with the best engineering and business plans – with awards up to $1 million each to help bring those…


NYPA project named Grid Edge winner

A partnership between the New York Power Authority and Talisen Technologies has been named a 2016 winner of the Grid Edge Awards, which recognize the top 20 companies or projects that have the potential to shape the distributed energy system of the future. The partnership was recognized for its Energy Manager program, which may be the single biggest effort to integrate building-side energy management data with statewide energy goals. The energy monitoring operations center at SUNY Polytechnic…


Checking in with: Brimes Energy’s Ram Maramara

By GREGORY ZELLER // The artificial jellyfish is heading to the Philippines. And perhaps the Caribbean. And someday soon, maybe everywhere else. Brimes Energy, a member of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program operating out of a 1,600-square-foot industrial test site in Holbrook, is close to a field-test agreement with a major Philippines-based utility. CEO Ramuel Maramara, who’s twice traveled to his native land to hammer out details of the ocean-based trial, said…


In renewables, no Island should be an island

By GREGORY ZELLER // A report this week detailing state incentives and private investments funneled into structural energy-efficiency projects shows Long Island trailing well behind the rest of New York – but the numbers, insiders say, are deceiving. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that 112,000 residential and commercial energy-efficiency projects have commenced or been completed since 2012 under the auspices of various Albany-sanctioned clean-energy programs. Combined, the statewide efforts cover 90,000 individual homes and 22,000…


Invenergy seeks Brookhaven IDA assistance

A Chicago-based owner/operator of energy storage and generation projects across North America and Europe is looking to shine in Shoreham. And Invenergy – whose portfolio includes wind, solar and natural gas-fueled power facilities in Poland, Scotland and the United States – wants the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency’s assistance as it establishes Shoreham Solar Commons, a 24.9 megawatt solar farm proposed for roughly 150 acres of the Tallgrass Golf Course property. According to an application accepted…


Solar jumped 17% in 2015, topping natural gas

The United States installed 7,286 megawatts of solar power in 2015, the largest total ever and a 17 percent jump over 2014. In another first, solar additions topped the expansion of the nation’s natural-gas capacity, with solar adding 29.5 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the United States in 2015. Total U.S. solar installations have now topped 25 gigawatts, up from just 2 gigawatts in 2010. The almost 7.3 gigawatts installed in 2015 is 8.6 times…


SolarCity announces delays on Buffalo plant

The state’s gamble on SolarCity in Buffalo has slipped into a lower gear. The firm’s $900 million factory, which is being built and equipped with $750 million in state incentives, was expected to reach full production during the first quarter of next year. Push that back by at least three — and maybe six — months, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive announced this week, blaming longer than expected lead time on equipment needed to get the plant…


The Debrief: Doon Gibbs shines a light on BNL

Doon Gibbs has seen the light, and it comes from the National Synchrotron Light Source II, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new $912 million electron storage ring. Designed to produce X-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than its predecessor, the NSLS II – activated last year – is a centerpiece technology with uncounted scientific and commercial applications. It’s also one of many reasons Gibbs, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois and succeeded…


A greenlight for Cuomo’s green energy fund

With its sights set on global warming and superstorm threats, the New York Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $5 billion Clean Energy Fund. The fund, to be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority over the next decade, is meant to “accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for…


Got a couple spare megawatts? Call PSEG

Long Island energy supplier PSEG has issued a Request for Proposals to help make good on a three-year-old promise. In an October 2012 resolution, the utility’s trustees set a power-supply strategy that, among other things, diversified regional resources with “continued efforts to enhance existing renewable energy programs” and “future renewable energy procurements.” Specifically, the trustees determined to add 400 megawatts of new renewable-energy generation to PSEG’s portfolio. Operational and proposed initiatives approved since that 2012…


ThermoLift added to WF Innovation Incubator

Stony Brook clean-energy startup ThermoLift has been added to Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator, a five-year, $10 million program designed to help accelerate next-gen environmental technologies. ThermoLift will receive up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical consultation to help speed clean technologies for commercial buildings to marrket. Launched in 2014, the Innovation Incubator — or IN2 — is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. ThermoLift, a…


The Debrief: Connie Cleary has a license to deal

Connie Cleary plays two key roles at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Promoting the amazing science – and vast commercialization potential – happening at the Department of Energy facility, and helping entrepreneurs and other innovators capitalize on the lab’s dizzying array of scientific and business resources. As a former manager of industry partnerships at Argonne National Laboratory and a licensing expert at Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago, the Baruch College graduate and doctor of podiatric…