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Companies receive Recharge New York funding

Last week, The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees awarded 18 businesses in across New York State low-cost power under the ReCharge New York (RNY) program.

This is the sixth round of power allocations under RNY, a program that provides low-cost power to businesses that agree to retain or create jobs. The 18 companies provide 3,191 jobs statewide and more than $446 million in capital investments.

Four companies on the list contribute to New York’s robust dairy and yogurt industry including Byrne Dairy, HP Hood, Agrana Fruit US, and Ultra Dairy.

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NYISO review of New York’s power grid released

According to a report by Reuters, New York’s electric grid operator said on Thursday the state should have enough power resources to meet customer needs until at least 2019, if demand grows as currently forecast. However, the New York Independent System Operator also raised concern about the future of the Indian Point nuclear plan, writing that it represents “one of the biggest risks to the reliability of the state’s grid.” Indian Point supplies a quarter of the power used by New York City. But there are doubts whether the plant’s federal licenses will be renewed when they expire this year and 2015.

The Cuomo administration has called for Indian Point’s closure and state regulators have told utilities to move ahead with an $800 million contingency plan in the event Indian Point closes in 2016. However, The Business Council believes the governor has not adequately examined the economic impact that would result from the loss of the nuclear plant.

“Unlike typical rate increases that only affect specific utility customers, all New Yorkers are being asked to bankroll this (contingency plan), effectively subsidizing the electricity of New York City and Westchester County customers,” Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, wrote regulators several months ago.

Wind turbines may come to SUNY Canton campus

The Watertown Daily Times reports that SUNY Canton will hold public meetings on wind turbines possibly being located on campus.  The first meeting is April 16th at  at 6 p.m in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s intramural gym. The college is working with the New York Power Authority and Sustainable Energy Developments to determine if wind turbines would provide electricity on campus as well as academic programming.

Read the full Watertown Daily Times article: SUNY Canton sets April 16 hearing on proposed NYS Power Authority wind turbine on campus.

 

Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Facilities and Transportation Exemption

The Business Council supports legislation to amend the environmental conservation law to allow for the transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG, is the same natural gas used in homes for heating and cooling but it is condensed into a liquid. Small Business Day on April 17th is your opportunity to show support for this issue.

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Memo of Support
The Hill: Liquefied natural gas: Transforming US into global energy hub
Forbes: All Roads Lead to Natural Gas-Fueled Cars and Trucks

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.

Former Birds Eye plant and Auburn milk plant to get cheap state power

Tim Knauss, reporter for The Post-Standard and Syracuse.Com, posted the following story about a central New York company which will be receiving a large allocation of low-cost power under the state’s Recharge NY program. Governor Cuomo created the program in 2011. It gives New York businesses the ability to buy low-cost power. In return, companies must commit to job retention and creation and invest in capital improvements.

Click here to read more.

Utility tax extension faces opposition among legislators

Natusumi Ajisaka, staff writer for The Daily Orange, wrote a very good story about The Business Council’s opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposed extension of the 18-a utility tax. Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are also opposed, including Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero), who is quoted heavily in Ajisaka’s piece.

Click here to read more.

Click here to see the list of legislators who stand in opposition to 18-a.

Click here to read The Business Council’s statement on its opposition to 18-a.

Take Action Button[message_box title=”Support the Removal of a Hidden Energy Tax – Let 18a Sunset” color=”red”]A quick look at  your electric energy bill will reveal the “Temporary State Assessment Surcharge.” This assessment was scheduled to be reduced this year, saving electric consumers over $200 million. Extending the fee will cost all energy consumers (businesses, governments, schools, non-profits and residences) in the State $236 million in 2013 and $2.8 billion over the next six years.

Click here to tell Governor Cuomo and your local legislators that New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy taxes in the nation. Electricity is the lifeblood of our economy and must not be burdened by additional taxes, fees, or assessments.[/message_box]

 

 

Businesses see mixed bag in NY state budget

Joseph Spector of Gannett reported on how business is reacting to the proposed state budget. He quoted Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council:

“While the final agreement on both of these measures is an improvement over the original executive budget proposals, they are not consistent with a strategy to promote economic growth and the creation of good paying jobs,” said  Briccetti.

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