1. Community Choice Aggregation - SUNY Ulster Campus, September 24, 2014 - AUDIO ONLY


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    Taking Control of Our Energy Supply: Community Choice Aggregation for Municipalities Monday, September 29, 2014 SUNY Ulster College Lounge Room VAN 203 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge, NY Did you know? The Public Service Commission is revamping New York’s energy system. One possible outcome is the opportunity for municipalities to take control of energy sourcing and pricing through a program called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA allows local governments to pool the electric load of their residents, businesses and institutions in order to purchase electricity on their behalf. Benefits include lower electricity costs, cleaner energy supply, and the development of local generation assets to boost resiliency and economic development. The nation’s first CCA, Cape Light Compact in Massachusetts, has served Cape Cod since 1997. Today, CCAs exist in 1,300 cities in 6 states. Soon, CCA could be coming to New York State. This is a program you want to know about. Become informed on how you can help your constituents lower their energy costs, choose cleaner energy sources, create local jobs, and build energy resiliency in these uncertain times. Panelists for the forum include: • Paul Fenn, Local Power Inc., based in Marin County, California. Paul invented CCA as a Massachusetts State Legislative Aide in the1990s, and is the nation's foremost expert on it. The CCA model he helped develop in California focuses on local build-out of renewable energy, demand response, and energy efficiency. • Brian Murphy, Colonial Power Inc., based in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Colonial Power administers CCAs in a number of Massachusetts municipalities. • Philip Ferreira, Department of Planning and Development, City of Lowell, MA, which has a CCA. • Stephan Wollenburg and Maggie Downey, Cape Light Compact (by Skype). Cape Light, on Cape Cod, MA, was the first CCA in the nation, and includes 21 towns and 2 counties. Opening Remarks by Jen Metzger, Rosendale Town Councilwoman and Co-director of Citizens for Local Power Moderator: Carl Chipman, Rochester Town Supervisor and President, Ulster County Association of Supervisors and Mayors Organized by Citizens for Local Power, a grassroots citizens group working to create a locally based, clean energy economy.

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    • Bringing Copenhagen Home


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      Seven Boulder area citizens talk about their experiences from the Climate Talks at Copenhagen. Marilayn Averill, Dr. Gillian Bowser, Marda Kirn, Marca Hagenstad, MS, J C Martel, Jonathan Koehn, and Hunter Lovins discuss why they went, what they hoped to get out of it, whether they thought it was a success or not, and what they brought home with them. From polar bears to indigenousness peoples, from protesters to politicians, from coffee to beer - hear the stories from some of our fellow citizens.

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      • Quietly into Disaster - A Plea for Survival VOD


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        During the 70s Holger Strohm published "Quietly into the disaster" which was to become the "bible of the anti-nuclear movement"(newspaper "Der Stern"). Since then, this 1.360 page strong book has been reissued and reprinted several times. Now, 40 years later, the author and a team of young film makers joined forces to bring this critical examination onto screens. Similar to the book, the movie convinces the viewer through well-researched facts about the consequences of nuclear fission: damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energy, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and the public resistance. Leading experts from science, politics and activist groups shed light onto issues which are often gladly left in the dark. After watching this movie you simply can’t support nuclear energy any longer. www.quietly-into-disaster.com www.shop.friedlich-in-die-katastrophe.de Written and directed by: Marcin El Produced by: Holger Strohm D-2013

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        • Solar: Imagine the Possibilities


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          May 28, 2014 presentation on bringing solar power into your home at the Craftsbury Public Library. Brought to you by the Craftsbury Energy Committee.

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          • Mauiʻs Electricity Future: It may NOT be What it Used to Be


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            The Kula Community Association presents ʻMauiʻs Electricity Future: It may NOT be What it Used to Beʻ a forum on renewable energy sources of the future. This was aired lived on February 19, 2014.

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            • Energy Storage - What Scale? What Cost What Impact?


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              First seminar in the regular Melbourne Energy Institute Energy Futures Seminar Series for 2014 hosted by Giles Parkinson

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              • Net Metering Informational Meeting July 23, 2013


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                • Electric Transmission 203: Planning to Expand and Upgrade the Grid


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                  Electric transmission experts speaking at a Capitol Hill event on June 28, 2010. What is the current planning process for upgrading and expanding our electric grid? How can it be improved? More information is available at www.eesi.org/062810_transmission.

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                  • Shaping a Low-Carbon World: Lessons from Nordic Countries


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                    Energy experts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland speaking on Capitol Hill about how and why Nordic countries have achieved global leadership in low-carbon technologies and strengthened their economic competitiveness. The oil crises of the 1970s spurred the Nordic countries to invest heavily in energy efficiency – including combined heat and power/district heating and energy efficient buildings – and renewable energy such as wind power, hydropower, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and biofuels. In the decades since, these countries have broken the direct relationship between economic growth and energy consumption, and emerged as global leaders in clean energy exports. More information is available at http://www.eesi.org/102110_nordic

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                    • The Economic and Climate Implications of Methane Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector


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                      Learn more and download slides at http://www.eesi.org/briefings/view/103014methane Table of contents: http://youtu.be/rVYndtf6A9I?t=20s The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that gas leaks from this sector are responsible for 29 percent of U.S. methane emissions, although some think this estimate is low. Methane is a powerful climate warming pollutant – at least 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it is emitted. Methane emissions from the oil and gas sector occur in every segment of the industry, from production sites to distribution systems. Estimates of how much leakage is occurring continue to be refined, meanwhile there are a range of technologies that could lead to substantial reductions in methane emissions. Speakers: Amanda Staudt Director of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and Polar Research Board National Academy of Sciences Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Amanda_Staudt_103014.pdf Elgie Holstein Senior Director for Strategic Planning Environmental Defense Fund Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Elgie_Holstein_103014.pdf David Doniger Policy Director and Senior Attorney Natural Resources Defense Council Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/David_Doniger_103014.pdf Michael Obeiter Senior Associate, Energy & Climate World Resources Institute Brent Lammert Vice President Sales, Test Equipment FLIR Systems, Inc. Download Slides: http://www.eesi.org/files/Brent_Lammert_103014.pdf This briefing discussed the current state of research on methane leakage, technologies to detect and reduce emissions, policy and regulatory options, and business implications and opportunities Earlier this year, the Obama administration released its “Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions,” which called for improved methane measurement and reduced emissions across several sectors, including oil and gas operations. The EPA subsequently released a series of white papers on methane leakage reduction options for the oil and gas sector in order to solicit input from independent experts, and is now evaluating options for achieving further reductions from this sector. The agency’s current standards for this sector apply only to certain equipment installed after 2012, do not apply to transmission or storage facilities, and do not apply to emissions from the thousands of oil wells being completed each year. The Bureau of Land Management is also expected to propose updated standards to cut wasted natural gas by reducing venting, flaring, and other emissions from oil and gas production on public lands. A recent poll conducted by Benenson Strategy Group found that among likely 2014 general election voters in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Utah, 69 percent would support a rule that would “require oil companies to significantly reduce the amount of natural gas they release or burn off into the air when they extract oil from public lands.”

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