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Focus Questions


Topic: Environmental Issues
Renewable Energy

1. What are the different types of renewable energy?
2. What are some of the major impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming?
3. What are the goals and standards put forth in the New York State energy policy?
4. What are some of the renewable energy initiatives and projects implemented across Long Island?
5. How much of Long Island's energy comes from renewable sources?
6. What types of energy programs exist on Long Island?
7. What do Long Islanders' think about clean energy?
8. What can Long Islanders' do to conserve energy?
9. What types of renewable energy projects are proposed for the Long Island's future?

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1. What are the different types of renewable energy?

National Atlas:
http://nationalatlas.gov/articles/people/a_energy.html

Natural Resources Defense Council:
http://www.nrdc.org/energy/renewables/

ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy):
http://www.acore.org/resources/renewable-energy-info

Renewable Energy World:
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/tech/home

Alternative Energy:
http://www.altenergy.org/renewables/renewables.html

Climate Change Challenge:
http://www.climatechangechallenge.org/Resource Centre/Renewable-Energy/ What-is-renewable-energy.htm

Green Energy Choice:
http://www.greenenergychoice.com/green-guide/renewable-energy-types.html

PSEG Long Island:
http://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Commercial/Efficiency/Renewables/

NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory):
http://www.nrel.gov/science_technology/

Green Energy Scheme:
http://www.greenenergyscheme.org/learn-more-about-renewable-energy/

United States Energy Information Administration:
http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=renewable_home

The National Academies:
http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-sources/renewable-sources/

My Energy Gateway:

http://www.myenergygateway.org/whats-up/5-types-renewable-energy 

United States Department of Energy:

http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources 

Sierra Club:

http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/solutions

2. What are some of the major impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming?

The Nature Conservancy:
http://www.usclimatenetwork.org/resource-database/new_york_factsheet_5.pdf http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/urgentissues/global-warming-climate-change/threats-impacts/index.htm

Union of Concerned Scientists:
http://www.climatechoices.org/assets/documents/climatechoices/new-york_necia.pdf http://www.climatehotmap.org/global-warming-effects/ocean-chemistry.html

Natural Resources Defense Council:
http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/fcons.php

National Geographic:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-effects/ http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/greenhouse-effect/?ar_a=1

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Global Climate Change:
http://climate.nasa.gov/effects

EDF (Environmental Defense Fund):
http://www.edf.org/climate/climate-change-impacts

United States Global Change Research Program:
http://nca2009.globalchange.gov

National Wildlife Federation:
http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Threats-to-Wildlife/Global-Warming/Effects-on-Wildlife-and-Habitat.phpx

Mr. Robinson’s Regents Earth Science Website:
http://www.regentsearthscience.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1067&Itemid=119

Environmental Protection Agency:

http://epa.gov/climatechange/students/impacts/effects/index.html

3. What are the goals and standards put forth in the New York State energy policy?

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority):
http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Data-and-Prices-Planning-and-Policy/2013-State-Energy-Plan/ Planning-Objectives.phpx

New York State Energy Plan:
http://www.nysenergyplan.com

ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy):
http://aceee.org/sector/state-policy/new-york

Citizens Campaign for the Environment:
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaigns/renewable/new-york-renewable-energy.php

Energy Policy (Stanford University):
http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/NewYorkWWSEnPolicy.pdf

Energy Planning in New York State (Cornell University Cooperative Extension):
http://cce.cornell.edu/EnergyClimateChange/NaturalGasDev/Documents/March 033111 presentations/Williams_Systems Approach to Enegy Transitions 033111.pdf

NYISO (New York Independent System Operator):
http://www.nyiso.com/public/about_nyiso/nyisoataglance/index.jsp

New York State Energy and Action Plan and Climate Action Plan – AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials):
http://environment.transportation.org/pdf/2010_symposium/ CC_Symposium_JohnZamurs.pdf

Sierra Club - New York City Group:

http://nyc.sierraclub.org/2014/02/2014-nys-energy-plan/

4. What are some of the renewable energy initiatives and projects implemented across Long Island?

Brookhaven National Laboratory:
http://www.bnl.gov/GARS/SET/LISF.php

Clean Energy Action Project:
http://www.cleanenergyactionproject.com/CleanEnergyActionProject/ CS.Long_Island_Solar_Farm___Silicon_Photovoltaic_Solar_Power_Case_Studies.html

Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/brookhaven-renewable-energy-project-announced-1.4795646

RELI (Renewable Energy Long Island):
http://www.renewableenergylongisland.org

IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council):
http://www.irecusa.org/2012/01/new-york-new-wind-turbine-powers-hydrogen-car-fuel-station/

The Green Project of Long Island:
http://www.thegreenprojectoflongisland.org

Town of Hempstead:
http://www.townofhempstead.org/news/ 525-hempstead-unveils-qsolar-field-of-dreamsq-60k-pv-system-provides-clean-energy-cuts-electric-costs

Channel Thirteen:
http://www.thirteen.org/going-green-new-york/ 

PSEG Long Island:

https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Commercial/Efficiency/Renewables 

Governor of the State of New York:

http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/82214-powerup 

Power Up Communities:

http://powerupcommunities.com

5. How much of Long Island's energy comes from renewable sources?

Brookhaven National Lab:
http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=23953

United States Energy Information Administration:

http://www.eia.gov/state/print.cfm?sid=NY

6. What types of energy programs exist on Long Island?

PSEG Long Island:

https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Efficiency/Renewables 

https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Efficiency/HomeEfficiency 

https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Commercial/Efficiency/Renewables

USGBC (United States Green Building Council) – Long Island Chapter:
http://www.usgbc-li.org/leed.html

Molloy College:
http://www.molloy.edu/long-island-connections/the-sustainability-institute/program-description

RELI (Renewable Energy Long Island):
http://www.renewableenergylongisland.org/CETFpage.cfm

Global Cool Cities Alliance:
http://www.globalcoolcities.org

Long Island Green:
http://www.ligreen.com/index.html

Long Island Progressive Coalition:
http://lipc.org

Environmental Advocates of New York:
http://www.eany.org  

Long Island Green Homes:

http://www.longislandgreenhomes.org 

Town of South Hampton:

http://www.southamptontownny.gov/212/Energy-Sustainability 

United States Environmental Agency:

http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/ 

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority):

http://www.nyserda.ny.gov

7. What do Long Islanders' think about clean energy?

Sierra Club New York:
http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=253285.0

All Our Energy:
http://allourenergy.com/wordpress/tag/clean-energy/

8. What can Long Islanders' do to conserve energy?

United States Department of Energy:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-saver-guide-tips-saving-money-and-energy-home 

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips 

National Wildlife Federation:

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Live-Green/Energy-Conservation/In-Your-Home.aspx 

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority): 

http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Residential/Energy-Saving-Tips.aspx 

Alliance to Save Energy:

https://www.ase.org/resources/top-10-home-energy-efficiency-tips

SF Gate:
http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/can-save-energy-2211.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency:
http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ReduceEnergy.htm

Eco Mall:
http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/20things.htm

Carroll Energy Solutions:
http://www.savewithces.com/365in2008.html

CES (Carroll Energy Solutions):
http://www.savewithces.com/365in2008.html

Duke Energy Progress:
https://www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/save-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-tips.page

Natural Resources Defense Council:
http://www.nrdc.org/

Do Something.org:
http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/actionguide/make-energy-conservation-part-your-everyday-life

Do Something.org:

https://www.dosomething.org/actnow/actionguide/make-energy-conservation-part-your-everyday-life 

Consumer Reports:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/10/bright-ideas-that-save-energy-and-money/index.htm

9. What types of renewable energy projects are proposed for the Long Island's future?

Long Island/New York City Offshore Wind Project:
http://www.linycoffshorewind.com/faq.html

Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc.:

http://www.aceny.org/news/ 

PSEG Long Island:

https://www.psegliny.com/files.cfm/2014-07-01_PSEG_LI_Utility_2_0_LongRangePlan.pdf 

Riverhead Local:

http://riverheadlocal.com/local-news/renewable-energy-advocates-pan-pseg-s-utility-2-0-plan 

New York Energy Highway:

http://www.nyenergyhighway.com/Content/pdf/Blueprint_FINAL.pdf

New Questions added to this topic for 2015

  1. What is the current make-up of Long Island’s energy?
  2. What should the future of Long Island’s energy look like?  There are several large, old power plants on Long Island (Northport, Port Jefferson, and Barrett)—should these be re-powered to become cleaner plants or should new state of the art technology plants be built or should we use energy efficiency measures and renewable energies such as wind and solar? Should we invest in more off-Island energy generation, which means more cables and pipelines?
  3. Offshore wind is successful in Europe.  Long Island has strong offshore winds off the south shore.  How can we ensure an investment in large offshore wind projects?
  4. Solar is a growing energy source, what kind of policies can we put in place to increase large scale, residential, and commercial solar projects?
  5. What are other emerging energy technologies that can help Long Island meet energy demand?

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Helpful Links

https://www.psegliny.com 

http://www.epa.gov/climatestudents/index.html 

http://www.worldwildlife.org 

http://www.citizenscampaign.org 

http://www.nrdc.org 

http://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy 

http://sustainableli.org/get-involved/donate/ 

http://www.acore.org 

http://www.lisierraclub.org 

http://www.renewableenergylongisland.org 

http://www.longislandindex.org 

http://www.nyserda.ny.gov



 
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