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Now, recordings and summaries from some of our past New York City events are available to you as a resource on our new events page. Check them out!
Ongoing Discussion
This online discussion is a continuation of a panel discussion in New York City hosted by on July 18, 2019.

The event brought together Robyn Beavers (Blueprint Power), John Gilbert (Rudin Management Company), and Costa Constantinides (New York City Council Member) to discuss New York City's retrofit law and energy use by commercial buildings.
Read the discussion prompt and see the event summary and recording for greater detail. Then join the discussion!
  1. What about New York City's retrofit bill do you support? Or what are your main concerns?
  2. Should New York City's retrofit bill be modified? If so, how can it be modified to address the issues that were raised in the panel discussion without relaxing the climate progress that it was put in place to effect?
" If the goal is zero emissions, one either needs zero-emission electricity or zero-emission natural gas (bio or hydrogen). The building owner has no control over either of these–the control rests with the State of New York. New York state is in the process of shutting down the Indian Point Nuclear Plant that implies more natural gas or oil for electricity production. Real carbon dioxide emissions will be going up for at least the next decade in New York City independent of what any politician says or any law that is passed. New York state has no policy to replace natural gas...." - Charles Forsberg , Executive Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project, MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

" These New York buildings use more than electricity. For building space heating they use natural gas, and they may use natural gas to heat their domestic water and heat the swimming pools. That means these buildings have boiler(s) and these boilers have chimneys, and leaving these chimneys is hot combusted natural gas exhaust. How might this hot exhaust effect global warming?" - Sid Abma , CEO, Sidel Systems USA Inc. and Sidel Global Environmental LLC
Podcast Spotlight

Listen to the recording of the panel discussion featured in this week's ongoing discussion, divided into segments, and powered by SoundCloud.
New Publications
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
July 23, 2019
Third Way
July 17, 2019
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Update from Congress



New Legislation

Thurs, July 25

  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) - Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act of 2019 (H.R. 3966): carbon fee and return the revenue to taxpayers by cutting taxes and increasing Social Security benefits

  • Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) - Climate Action Rebate Act (H.R. 4051): carbon fee with a monthly dividend to American families

  • Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-06) - Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2019, modeled after victory bonds sold during World War I and World War II (S. 2261, H.R. 4041)

  • Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) - the CLEANER Act and the FRESHER Act - to make oil & gas companies comply with hazardous waste protections & standards

Source: Bloomberg , " New York Signs Biggest Offshore Wind Project Deal in the Nation ," by Will Wade and Millicent Dent, July 18, 2019.
Featured Events This Week
Washington, D.C.
  • When: Mon, July 29-Thurs, Aug 1
  • Where: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St, NW, Constitution Ballroom A-B, Washington, D.C. 20001

San Francisco, California
  • When: Tues-Wed, July 30-31
  • Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport-North, 2000 Shoreline Court, Brisbane (San Francisco), CA 94005

Boulder, Colorado
  • When: Thurs, Aug 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Wittemyer Court Room, Wolf Law Building University of Colorado Boulder, 2450 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

To see a more comprehensive list of energy events across the United States, visit the OEP Events Calendar.
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