Energy Executives Discuss Options to Empower Local Areas at the New York Winter Statewide Energy Tour

SUNY BEST (Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier) recently hosted the New York Winter Statewide Energy Tour at BU to discuss the state’s clean energy policies and initiatives and how changes in policies will affect consumers.

Featured speakers discussed the problems with the state’s current energy policies such as affordability and efficiency, extreme weather effects on energy costs and how new technologies and community input can have an impact.

John Rhodes, the president and CEO of NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) highlighted issues with transporting energy to consumers. Many consumers get electricity from central grids that are connected to consumers’ homes and businesses by transmission lines through which power may be lost. Rhodes warned that if the grid is not modernized, New Yorkers may end up spending nearly $30 billion on energy in 10 years.\

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Date Posted: 1/15/2015