Renewable Energy

 Climate Initiative jpegA statewide coalition that includes the WFP and Labor and its allies who are crafting legislation that will set a clear timeline to move us to a clean energy economy while ensuring a just transition, good jobs, training, and community benefits has been formed. Bill Nowak presented on this NYS Climate Legislative Initiative at the Nov. 2015 Working Families Chapter Meeting. The slides from his presentation can be seen HERE.

Goethermal Pres jpegBill also gave a brief talk on Geothermal heating and cooling. His slides can be seen HERE.

More information on Geothermal can be found here on our Geothermal page.

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Policy on Renewable Energy:

The Atlantic Chapter Executive Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution in April 2013:

The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter supports the goal that New York State be fully powered by New York renewable energy sources of wind, water and solar by 2030.

In adopting this policy the Chapter reviewed several studies on the potential renewable energy sources in our state.

In March 2013, Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University, Cornell University professors Robert W. Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea and other contributors released their study as to how New York could be completely powered by renewable energy sources of solar, wind and water by 2030.  Entitled “Examining the Feasibility of Converting New York State’s All-Purpose Energy Infrastructure to One Using Wind, Water and Sunlight,” the 17-page study demonstrates how all sectors of the State’s energy infrastructure of electricity, transportation, heating/cooling and commercial usage could be supplies by 2030. To see the full Jacobson study, click here (pdf).

New York State has the ability to become a champion of renewable energy.  The development of renewable energy sources in our State is essential to:

  1. Reduce our dependence on destructive extraction and burning of fossil fuels and the nuclear industry.
  2. Create tens of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, installation and maintenance.
  3. Increase investments in sustainable economic development.
  4. Help control global climate change by controlling greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and black soot.
  5. Leave a livable planet for our children and grandchildren.

The above content is from the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter website.


The New York State Public Service Commission held forums and public statement hearings across the State to seek public input and comment on the Commission’s regulatory component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s overall strategic energy plan, Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV.

We Raised Our Voices at the NYS PSC Hearing!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 2015 Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY

Thank you to all for our impressive presence and voices! 

Here is a sampling of comments made at the Buffalo REV Hearings:

Lynda Schneekloth, Chair Sierra Club Niagara Group

Larry Beahan          Roger Cook          Sara Schultz          Diana Strablow          David Kowalski

Read an informative editorial by Larry Beahan:  PSC offers only a weak opportunity to influence big change in power systems

Alliance for a Green Economy has a very useful explanation of REV that can be found here:  AGREE New York


Aaron Bartley gave an engaging and informative presentation on Germany’s great success with renewable energy at our March Writers Group Session!

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 What can we learn from Germany?  Aaron recently traveled to Germany and witnessed entire communities that produce, maintain, distribute, and sell their own renewable energy.   His presentation covered what he learned and how PUSH Buffalo sees it applying to WNY! Aaron’s talk can now be seen here on the Peace Center’s: youtube channel

Here is a quick and easy way you can do your part and sign up for renewable energy!

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In California, the development of clean energy has been the fastest growing industry in the State. Despite this, the fossil fuel industry proposed and funded a ballot proposition to discontinue clean energy development in the State.  After an informed citizenry soundly defeated the petroleum industry’s proposition in 2010, California Governor Brown signed a law that 33 percent of California’s electricity will be produced by renewable sources by the year 2020. This legislation goes hand in hand with the State’s ongoing efforts to conserve energy, which itself has become a booming industry.

Vermont, Rhode Island, and Gainesville, Florida have adopted Feed-in-Tariff legislation.