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This week is National Clean Energy Week
& New York City's Climate Week!
See more in the events section at the bottom of this email.
Concurrent with the opening day of the United Nation's Climate Week, Dale Bryk Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment in the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave remarks on New York's recent energy priorities and legislation, at an OurEnergyPolicy event in New York City.

Bryk said that New York still has a long way to go and a lot of work to do to meet its decarbonization goals, but with the latest offshore wind announcement, the state is finally reaching the pace of change that it needs.

"The economics are changing where we are going full force on policy," she said. "We still do have a lot of work to do to unleash these subsectors,… but people are seeing improvement on the ground. We are getting to the pace that we need to that we have not been on in recent years.... You should still keep your eye out for many, many announcements."
Bryk, in conversation with Bob Semple of the New York Times , discussed several of New York's energy priorities, including efforts to implement recent legislation on building energy efficiency, scale up heat pumps, transition away from natural gas, bring more clean energy into New York City's municipalities, improve greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, and build out electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives.

She said she and her team are prioritizing workforce development and thinking holistically on the best paths forward for areas where job growth from the energy industry is not in the same skill areas as jobs that are decreasing. She said "equity is front and center" in their efforts, and New York is focused on how energy transitions are affecting its overburdened and underserved communities. In addition, she said, affordable housing is "a top, top priority for me and my team."

Read more in our thread on Twitter . An event recording and summary will be available in the coming weeks on our Energy Leaders Series page .
Request from Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is asking for responses to 13 specific questions about policies that Congress should adopt to solve the climate crisis and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The responses the committee receives will supplement its ongoing work toward publishing a set of recommendations next year.
Participate With OurEnergyPolicy
OurEnergyPolicy is supporting this effort with two upcoming online discussions , each focusing on a different subset of questions from the committee. We will compile your comments and submit them to the committee by the committee's deadline of November 22, 2019. We will also be sending relevant comments from our past online discussions to the committee. We checked in with the House Select Committee, and the staff said they would welcome feedback from our community.

If you are interested in writing a piece to lead off one of these discussions , please choose one or more (energy-related) questions from the committee's list, write a 150-250-word piece directed to the committee that explains your recommendation in response to that question(s), and submit it to Alicia Moulton ( ) by October 1 with subject line "RFI Discussion."

For example , you might write a response to question 4(a), describing the role that carbon pricing might play in a national climate action plan to meet or exceed net zero by mid-century, or you might respond to question 5(a) and specify an area for federal investment for an energy technology and recommend the scale of investment needed to achieve results.

We will choose two pieces to lead off the discussions. You will receive a reply from us letting you know if we'd like to have your piece lead off the discussion. The other pieces we receive will still be included in our submissions to the committee.
You are also free to respond to the House Select Committee's request for information independent of OurEnergyPolicy. See the  committee website  for submission details.
New Publications
Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
September 10, 2019
The Aspen Institute
May 8, 2019
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Podcast Spotlight

Every week, there's a new declaration from a corporation, a city, a state or a utility that they are going "100 percent." But what does that mean?

Hawaii and Maine want to get 100 percent of electricity from renewables by mid century; California and New York want to get 100 percent from carbon-free sources by then. In the utility sector, Xcel Energy is looking at 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, while Green Mountain Power wants 100 percent renewable energy.

In this new episode of The Interchange , Greentech Media is surveying the range of targets. Which ones matter, what do they add up to, and have they changed what’s politically and technically possible?
Update from Congress

Legislation Updates


New Legislation

  • Thurs, Sept 19 -
  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO-03) introduced a bill to require the Secretary of Energy to identify and convey to the State of Colorado land for use as a storage site for residual radioactive material (H.R. 4427, S. 2526).
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO-03) introduced the Rare Earth Cooperative 21st Century Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4410).

Hearings (Archived Recordings Linked Below)

  • Wed, Sept 18 - The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a joint hearing with the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment: "Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis." The witnesses were Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Jamie Margolin of This is Zero Hour, Vic Barrett of Alliance for Climate Action, and Benji Backer of the American Conservation Coalition.

Source: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), " Energy Efficiency Can Slash Emissions and Get U.S. Halfway to Climate Goals ," with data from the new report, Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Half in 2050 , September 18, 2019.
Featured Events
This Week
There will be two official public events in Washington, D.C. as part of National Clean Energy Week:

- Thurs, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
- National Press Club, 529 14th St NW
Tickets $265.79 until Sept. 23, $319.89 (Late Tickets) afterward

- Tues, Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- The Dubliner, 4 F St NW
Drink tickets & food will be provided; tickets free but space limited and registration required

OurEnergyPolicy is a promotional partner for National Clean Energy Week. Although we do not advocate for or endorse the opinions or policy positions of the event organizers and speakers, we applaud the opportunities for constructive energy policy discussions that National Clean Energy Week will provide.
September 23-27, 2019 | #NCEW19

National Clean Energy Week celebrates clean and readily abundant forms of energy that are strengthening America’s national security and preserving our environment.
Confirmed speakers for the Policy Makers Symposium include -
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1)
New York City, NY

  • When: Mon-Thurs, Sept 23-26
  • Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

  • When: Events in Washington, D.C. on Tues, Sept. 24, and Thurs., Sept. 26. See details above.

  • When: Thurs, Sept 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Capitol Visitor Center Room 201, East Capitol Street and 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20004
San Francisco, CA
  • When: Fri, October 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Where: Colorbloq, 435 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Promotion: Courtesy of our partner, the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, OurEnergyPolicy subscribers can take advantage of a 10% discount! Use this code in checkout when purchasing your ticket online: OEP10

  • When: Tues-Thurs, Nov 19-21
  • Where: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

To see more energy events across the country, visit the OEP Events Calendar .
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