With environmental protections being rolled back at the federal level, now more than ever it’s clear that lasting change needs to come from the ground up. Combining research, education, advocacy, and project coordination, CLP supports community and municipal engagement in energy decision-making, transforming energy policy and practice to strengthen local economies, mitigate climate change and increase resilience. Given the increasing pace of global warming, 2018 was a busy year for us.
On August 10, CLP’s Evelyn Wright made a presentation to a packed pavilion at Robert Post Memorial Park in the Town of Ulster. Alongside Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Scenic Hudson’s Hayley Carlock, she spoke to an audience of 150 about the dangers to the region posed by the proposed Glidepath Lincoln Park Grid Support Center gas power plant.
Finally, summer! The last months have been a tough slog, but we have good news to report on several fronts: a victory in the Central Hudson rate case, movement on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and a breakthrough in storage regulation. New threats include a planned “grid support project” that isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and needs to be opposed – indeed is being opposed by a strong coalition of Town of Ulster residents and environmental/energy activists.
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- Central Hudson Rate Case Victory Lowers Fixed Rates
- Lincoln Park Grid Support Center Project
- Ulster Green Business Challenge Lifts Off on June 27
- Storage breakthrough on Federal and State Rules (could be a game-changer)
- CCA (Working Group report, next steps to influence policy changes)
On Wednesday, June 27, businesses, organizations, and municipalities are invited to the launch and vendor show that will kick off the Ulster County Green Business Challenge.
Why would a Chicago-based company that has never built a fossil-fueled generating plant decide to build one in the Town of Ulster? It’s not entirely clear, but name of the so-called “Lincoln Park Grid Support Center” may give us a clue. The company’s site of the company (GlidePath) explains that its purpose is to offer the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) paid “regulation services and short-term energy during periods of peak demand.”