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Richard Kauffman
Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York

Meet Richard Kauffman: Watch opening remarks from the REV4NY Exchange 

Richard Kauffman joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as New York State’s first “energy czar” in February of 2013. Mr. Kauffman oversees and manages New York State’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He was appointed chair of NYSERDA’s board in June 2013.

Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. REV includes regulatory reform to restructure the energy and utility industry, a ten-year commitment to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets through the creation of the Clean Energy Fund, and other initiatives such as NY Green Bank and the $1 billion NY-Sun solar program.

In 2014, Mr. Kauffman was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.

Prior to joining the administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, he was Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies, a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group, and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department. 

Mr. Kauffman has served as Chairman of the Board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

 


Audrey Zibelman
Chair, Public Service Commission

Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 19, 2013, and was named Chair on September 3, 2013. Her term turns through February 1, 2018.

Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation.

As PSC Chair, she sits on the State Energy Planning Board. She is also Chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the Audit Committee of RGGI, the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Ms. Zibelman was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. She is a member of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group.

Ms. Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. She has participated as both counsel and expert witness in numerous electric utility proceedings before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies on topics such as the benefits of power markets and Smart Grids to consumers. Ms. Zibelman also has served on the boards of organizations responsible for assuring the security and reliability of the nation's power system, including Reliability First, the GridWise Alliance, and the Midwest Reliability Organization. 

Previously, Ms. Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a Regional Transmission Organization that operates the world’s largest wholesale power market and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. Ms. Zibelman also held executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Ms. Zibelman received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. 

Ms. Zibelman, who resides in Albany, and her husband, Phillip Harris, are the proud parents of four children.

 


John Rhodes
President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

John B. Rhodes was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on September 16, 2013. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State’s economy and environment.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rhodes served as the director for the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental advocacy organization. The Center works to channel private capital toward environmentally beneficial investments with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture. 

Before joining NRDC, Mr. Rhodes spent three years as acting chief operating officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a member of the senior management team, he oversaw operations, strategy, and portfolio companies. Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology-intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a trader and general manager at Metallgesellschaft, a German mining, metals, and engineering firm.

Mr. Rhodes currently serves on boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, Urban Green Council, New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He previously served as a trustee on the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and as an advisory council member for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Rhodes holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in management from the Yale School of Management.

 


Gil Quiniones
President and CEO, New York Power Authority

Gil C. Quiniones is president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state electric utility. 

Before first joining NYPA in 2007 as executive vice president of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served for more than four years as senior vice president of Energy and Telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Quiniones also worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility’s unregulated energy services company. 

Quiniones is the chair of the Electric Power Research Institute and vice chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. He also serves on the steering committee of the board of the Large Public Power Council and as the Power Authority’s principal representative to the American Public Power Association.

REV Initiatives
REV Initiatives
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REV's 40+ initiatives to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers can be grouped into 7 categories. Read about some of these initiatives below or download the full New York State Energy Plan.

 

 

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Renewable Energy: Our goal is to support a broad range of renewable options, from rooftop solar panels to grid-scale wind farms, all with an emphasis on integrating these diverse energy sources into the grid. New York is working to reduce soft costs and other market barriers to make these solutions more competitive in the energy market.

Sample Initiatives:

  • Large-Scale Renewables Strategy
  • NY-Sun
  • K-Solar
  • Shared Renewables

 

 


 

 

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Buildings and Energy Efficiency: Buildings consume roughly 60% of all energy used in New York State. If we’re going to maximize the benefits of clean energy, we need to ensure that our power is being consumed more efficiently by end-users at scale. This applies to individuals, residences, businesses and State-owned buildings alike. We also know that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sample Initiatives:

  • BuildSmart NY
  • Energy Efficiency Measures in Affordable Housing
  • Increased emphasis on Net Zero Energy and Passive House buildings
  • Combined Heat and Power

 


 

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Clean Energy Financing: Because ratepayers and taxpayers cannot and should not finance the State’s energy transition alone, the success of REV is dependent on the State’s ability to animate markets and attract private capital towards the envisioned clean energy solutions and to support the growth of our clean energy economy.

Sample Initiatives:

  • $5 billion Clean Energy Fund
  • NY Green Bank
  • PACE, or Property-Assess Clean Energy Financing

 

 

 


 

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Sustainable and Resilient Communities: New York State is made up of 4,270 local governments. Our goal is to empower each locality to adopt more sustainable and resilient energy systems by providing them with access to information, technical guidance and financing to adopt clean energy solutions that meet their needs and help revitalize their communities.

Sample Initiatives:

  • NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition
  • New York State Community Partnership
  • REV Campus Challenge 
  • Community Choice Aggregation
  • Five Cities Energy Master Plans

 

 


 

 

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Energy Infrastructure Modernization: 60% of New York’s power generation infrastructure is over 35 years old. As we develop distributed energy resources statewide, it is critical for the safety and resiliency of our current energy system that we maintain—and in some instances enhance—the central grid, which we can do directly through NYPA. It is only by doing so that we can continue to meet the energy needs of New Yorkers and integrate clean and distributed power at scale into our energy system.

Sample Initiatives:

  • Energy Highway
  • Smart Generation and Transmission
  • Low-Cost Power for Economic Development

 

 

 


 

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Innovation and R&D: For too long, cutting edge business models and technology solutions have been sitting on the sidelines of New York’s energy system. REV seeks to bring those solutions into the mainstream and onto the grid. Initiatives to support innovation and R&D will not only help us build the grid of tomorrow, but also create jobs and attract investment in New York as a global clean energy and technology capital.

Sample Initiatives:

  • REV Demonstration Projects
  • Energy Storage R&D and Commercialization Through NY-BEST and Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Clean Energy Fund Innovation and Research Portfolio

 

 


 

 

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Transportation: Transportation accounts for 34% of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions and $26.7 billion in fuel costs annually. A cleaner, more efficient and sustainable transportation system is critical to advancing New York’s energy goals. This will include alternative fuel vehicles (especially plug-in electric vehicles), more efficient public transportation, smarter transportation management infrastructure, consumer education and close coordination with neighboring states to implement effective regional solutions.

Sample Initiatives:

  • ChargeNY
  • Clean Fleets NY and Innovative Ownership Models
In the News
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April 12, 2016: Transforming The Electric System To Reduce Costs And Pollution

April 5, 2016: Offshore Wind Key to New York Meeting Renewable Energy Targets

April 4, 2016: Another $1.2 Billion Substation? No Thanks, Says Utility, We'll Find a Better Way

March 31, 2015: Second Intersolar Summit held in Brooklyn

March 22, 2016: Grid Defection Isn’t a Reason to Fight Distributed Energy—It’s a Reason to Embrace It

March 10, 2016: SolarCity’s Rive talks energy and more at UB RENEW lecture

March 9, 2016: New York’s energy vision comes into focus

March 3, 2016: New York REV shows utilities and regulators how to manage change

March 1, 2016: Sunrise Solar Solutions Leads The Way In State-Wide Solar Movement

February 2016: New York Clean Energy Transmission Summit

March 1, 2016: NY Utilities Seek Energy Storage and Non-Wire Alternatives

February 25, 2016: New York Sets a New Standard for Clean Energy, Climate Leadership

February 25, 2016: New York regulators chart course to reach 50% renewables by 2030

February 23, 2016: 10 Reasons New York Is 'Greener' Than California (Op-Ed)

February 23, 2016:Governor Cuomo Announces Growth of Clean Technology and Creation of 980 Jobs

February 23, 2016: New York's plan to reach 50 percent renewable energy

February 18, 2016: Fort Drum soldiers graduate from solar energy jobs training program

February 17, 2016: Seventeen U.S. Governors Sign Clean Energy Accord

February 17, 2016: Demand-Side Resources Can Be Cheaper Than Large Infrastructure Upgrades: Non-wires alternatives could become the new norm, but there is work still to be done.

February 17, 2016: Governor Cuomo Congratulates First Graduating Class of the Solar Ready Vets Program at Fort Drum

February 16, 2016: Governor Cuomo Signs Onto 17-State Accord to Tackle Energy Challenges

February 8, 2016: Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Largest Healthcare-Based Solar Project in New York

February 4, 2016: To Remake the Electricity Sector, New York Needs a Partner

February 2, 2016: Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of New Gotham Greens Greenhouse Facility in Queens

February 1, 2016: An Interview with NY’s Energy Czar on Advancing Microgrids and Re-creating Utilities

February 1, 2016: Nevada’s Solar Bait-and-Switch

January 31, 2016: New York serves as a model in how to reform electric utilities

January 26, 2016: New York Institute for Special Education first selected in the state’s K-Solar program

January 25, 2016: NY approves $5B infusion into Clean Energy Fund

January 22, 2016: Governor Cuomo Launches $3 Million Clean Energy Competition For Colleges and Universities in New York State

January 21, 2016: Governor Cuomo Launches $5 Billion Clean Energy Fund to Grow New York’s Clean Energy Economy

January 20, 2016: REV in 2016: The year that could transform utility business models in New York

January 19, 2016: Governor Cuomo Announces First Solar Schools Project at the New York Institute for Special Education in the Bronx

January 16, 2016: New York State to phase out coal by 2020 in bid to become 'international capital' for clean energy

January 14, 2016: New York Governor Reveals Major Renewable Energy Plans

January 8, 2016: With initiatives, Cuomo moves to solidify climate credentials

January 6, 2016: Governor Cuomo Announces Program to Train Fort Drum Military Personnel For Jobs in Solar Industry 

December 17, 2015: Hitachi Moves into the North America Microgrid Market with 100-Year Plan

December 11, 2015: New York Energy Policy: It’s the State that Doesn’t Sleep at Night

December 8, 2015: What the Paris Climate Talks Mean for Utility Companies

December 7, 2015: COP21: Global Green Bank Network Debuts in Paris

December 7, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces NY Green Bank as a Leading Founder in First Global Green Bank Network

December 7, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Proposed Emissions Limits to Protect Public Health and Air Quality

December 3, 2015: New York Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

December 3, 2015: Cuomo sets renewable energy mandate

December 2, 2015: 3 Reasons New York's New Carbon Emissions Goal Is A Huge Step; Climate change has really entered the Empire State of mind.

December 2, 2015: Governor Cuomo Directs Department of Public Service to Begin Process to Enact Clean Energy Standard

November 22, 2015: Gov. Cuomo to Order Large Increase in Renewable Energy in New York by 2030

November 20, 2014: New York is transforming its energy systems. Meet the "czar" in charge.

October 21, 2015: Cuomo's Green Bank approves $49 million in funding

October 21, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Three NY Green Bank Transactions to Improve Access to Clean Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

October 12, 2015: Internet of Things: Chai Energy's Connected-Home Technology a Win for Consumers 

October 8, 2015: Getting Smart About the Integrated Grid: In New York it’s where we’re staking our energy future

October 9, 2015: New York praised for climate leadership 

October 8, 2015: NY governor: Denying global warming isn't a survival plan 

October 8, 2015: 'We Are Winning’: Al Gore Hails New York Greenhouse Gas Initiative

October 8, 2015: Cuomo, Gore roll out climate change initiatives

October 8, 2015: Andrew Cuomo pledges state action to address climate change, Al Gore supports

October 8, 2015: Cuomo Joined by Al Gore as State Commits to Reducing Carbon Footprint

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

September 24, 2015: How Quickly Can New York Overhaul Its Energy Markets

September 22, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Clean Energy Projects to Increase Resiliency and Lower Energy Costs

September 21, 2015: 5 Unexpected States That Are Growing Renewable Energy In The US

September 13, 2015: Planned 'microgrid' in Potsdam could be first in nation, would keep essential services going in emergencies

September 9, 2015: On Long Island, a Smarter, More Resilient Power System

September 9, 2015: Brooklyn Plans to Avoid Blackouts With Utility-Disrupting 'Microgrids'

August 26, 2015: ConEd finds load relief in demand response, efficiency trial

August 22, 2015: Creating a Grid-of-Grids: The Genius behind the NY Prize and its Real End Game

August 12, 2015: Diary of a Grid Defector: Solar ain't easy, and other lessons learned from living off the grid

August 7, 2015: New York State's 'Energy Czar’ Richard Kauffman Re-Envisioning Industry

 
 
 
 
 
 
"[Through REV] our aim is to create a policy environment that is not standing against the forces of history but is in line with them.”​ 

Richard Kauffman, NYS Chairman of Energy and Finance
 
 
 
 
"New York took the No. 2 spot in residential solar growth, Q1 2015 after installing 45 megawatts of residential solar."

June 11, 2015: New York’s REV Business Model: Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovation

June 10, 2015: US Can Meet of Exceed 2025 Climate Targets Multiple Ways

May 29, 2015: The New York Sun Initiative Allows Regional Developers to Address Underserved Commercial Solar Sector

May 11, 2015: Why Rate Reform Is a Better Solution to Distributed Solar Than Eliminating Net Metering

May 11, 2015: A New Approach to Advance Clean Energy

April 30, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces First NY Prize Awards for Five Energy Microgrids Across New York

April 29, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million Funding for 76West in Southern Tier

April 23, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Robert Moses State Park to be First Energy-Neutral State Park in the Nation 

April 22, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces First of Its Kind Energy Efficient Home Built by Veterans for Veterans
 
 
 
 
April 1, 2015: The Connector, Capital NY

“Now a state-engineered movement has won the notice of the nation, producing a plan designed to diversify energy sources while increasing efficiency and decreasing pollution. What the movement will actually accomplish won’t be determined until the execution stage, but for the first time in New York’s recent memory, a central policy team is manipulating as many levers of state power as it can to change how energy is moved, generated and consumed in New York.”  

March 25, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to Create World-Class Research and Development Laboratory to Develop Next Generation Electric Grid

March 6, 2015: New York Just Showed Every Other State How to Do Solar Right,Mother Jones

February 27, 2015: State Regulators Approve Plan to Overhaul Energy Grid, Capital NY

"It’s an ambitious plan that could dramatically alter the state’s energy markets, with the aim of making them more competitive, cleaner, and ultimately cheaper for customers. It is being watched nationally, as other states seek to upend the traditional utility model to accommodate the growth of solar, wind and other renewable sources in the energy grid."

 

February 26, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Reforms Energy Utility Industry 

February 26, 2015: New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy with New Platforms and Partners: Three important steps that will help make REV a reality, GreenTech Media
"A 21st century economy needs a 21st century power grid, and these reforms will ensure New Yorkers get the best possible service from their utilities while improving the statewide economy.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

February 17, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million Prize Competition For Innovative Energy Projects

February 11, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $40 Million NY Prize Microgram Competition

December 13, 2014: State REVs Energy Vision: Programs that make up plan are expected to revamp energy market, Times Union
“State regulators this week took a huge step forward – really five – in revamping the state’s energy markets… the changes will allow more people to install solar panels on their homes, let utilities test more technologies and push communities to better pool their resources to buy energy in bulk.”

 

December 12, 2014: State Embraces Brooklyn project in energy overhaul, Capital NY
“The overall plan, called Reforming the Energy Vision, is designed to move New York away from the traditional electrical grid – which is reliant on large power providers that burn fossil fuel – while increasing renewable energy sources and building more energy efficiency into the system… “It is not business as usual. Business as usual would have been building a substation.” - Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Governor Cuomo

December 12, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces New Clean Energy Initiatives to Grow Economy and Protect the Environment

December 12, 2014: Long Island Marks Solar-Energy Installation Milestone, Newsday
“Solar is no longer a novelty, it’s just the way we do things." - Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of Governor Cuomo 

December 5, 2014: Governor Cuomo Launches New Effort to Boost Solar Implementation in Communities Across New York State

November 25, 2014: State, bankers grapple with selling efficiency, Capital NY
"A group of bankers… briefed reporters last week after a two-day Green Bank summit… Like others around the US and the world, New York’s Green Bank is a $1 billion capital pool designed to finance renewable projects and jump start private capital to do the same."

November 24, 2014: Globally, Green Banks Strive to Grow Clean Energy Markets, City & State
"Proponents say that they differ from grants and subsidy programs, which disburse regular servings of cash for the program’s duration that do not need to be repaid, are subject to changes in the tax structure from year to year and, critics argue, often amount to a welfare state for corporations. By contrast, green banks aim to make a return on investment – and reinvest that return in new clean projects – leading to sustainable growth in the industry. The hope is that one day, financing will be conducted in the traditional bond market and the green banks will no longer be needed for these sectors to function."

November 24, 2014: New York’s Energy Czar: WE Need Clean Energy Markets, Not Programs or Mandates, GreenTech Media
"Federal energy policy is often boxed in by very clear partisan boundaries. But on the state and local level, the line between conservative and progressive policy is starting to blur – particularly as distributed renewable get cheaper and give consumers more choice in how they get electricity."

November 20, 2014: Interview with Richard Kauffman: “It’s about availability of financing, not cost of financing. Sun Wind Energy (German publication) 
"Under his leadership, New York has launched the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a far-reaching restructuring of regulations for the energy industry, and committed $5 billion through 20203 to support local renewable energy and efficiency markets. Not least, he has overlooked the establishment of the New York Green Bank and a $1 billion investment in the NY-Sun solar initiative."

November 12, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces $206 Million in Awards for New Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

October 21, 2014: New Energy Monitoring Hub to Reduce Energy Use and Costs, Create Jobs

October 21, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces State’s First Energy Management Network Operations Center to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities

September 26, 2014: How a Top Liberal State is Creating an Electricity Market that Conservatives Should Love, GreenTech Media
"Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had… the market is guided by a simple philosophy: regulators pledge to set parameters and then get out of the way to let entrepreneurs selling energy services flourish alongside traditional utility companies. Sounds like the dream of conservatives and libertarians everywhere, right? No… it’s the one being constructed in New York, one of the top-five most liberal states in America."

September 21, 2014: Governor Cuomo Designates Climate Week from September 22-28

August 22, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces New Initiative to Accelerate employment of Clean Energy Technology on Long Island

August 14, 2014: A $1 billion bet on clean energy, Fortune
"As the first-ever energy czar of New York State, ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Kauffman has the clout to make major changes… [and] with its new “Green Bank”, New York aims to boost solar, wind, and smart-grid technology."

August 7, 2014: Can New York Beat California in the Clean Energy Race?, Environmental Defense Fund
"New York doesn’t have California’s sunshine or Texas’s wind. But it has a vision and willpower that is quickly turning the Empire State into a leader for clean energy solutions. In the year and half since the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, New York Gov. Cuomo has appointed strong leadership and devoted large-scale investment to develop a resilient energy infrastructure that can withstand the extreme weather events brought on by climate change."

July 26, 2014: The Rise of Green Banks, National Journal 
"The takeaway from all of this green-energy financing? Washington may be stuck arguing over the very existence of climate change, but plenty of other actors – states, local governments, and global financial markets, which are not typically familiar bedfellows – are forging ahead." 

June 27, 2014: Cuomo Energy Czar signals shift in grant strategy, Breaking Energy
“The problem is not innovation, the problem is markets. Where we’re going to solve the valley of death is through market development and through the use of capital markets.” - Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York

May 12, 2014: Smarter Electricity in New York, New York Times

April 28, 2014: Did New York Just Start An Energy Revolution? Let’s Hope So, Forbes
"If the REV initiative succeeds, it will fundamentally change how electric services is provided and paid for in New York State. Amen to that."

April 24, 2014: Governor Cuomo Announces Historic Commitment to Solar 

September 10, 2013: Governor Cuomo Launches New York Green Bank Initiative to Transform the State's Clean Energy Economy

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Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is a 2015 winner of a Harvard Kennedy School Bright Ideas Innovations in Government Award. 

  

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By redesigning its regulatory landscape and public programs to focus on animating markets, Reforming the Energy Vision leverages private-sector investment and innovation to rapidly develop and scale a clean and resilient energy economy that remains affordable for all New Yorkers.

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Mark Ruffalo, Activist-actor  
“I’m hopeful that the plan, as part of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, begins to lay the groundwork for utility companies to change their business model to embrace solar, energy efficiency and solutions that give people and communities more choice and control instead of more dirty fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas and nuclear."

 

Jackson Morris, Natural Resources Defense Council 
"There are big goings-on in the Empire State these days related to how to move to a 21stcentury electric system. And while there is much work ahead, the early results are noteworthy... And while there are some very significant details yet to be hammered out, the [regulatory] order represents a significant step forward toward achieving just what the governor planned. It can significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions, make the air our kids breathe cleaner, create new jobs in New York, and help keep energy dollars in the state's economy."

 

Rory Christian, Environmental Defense Fund
"Success in these [REV] endeavors will mean a future in which New Yorkers have greater control over how they use energy and how much they pay for it. Utilities will be able to cost-effectively manage their operations and pursue solutions that not only support their bottom lines but the environment and customers’ pocket books as well.”

 

Lisa Frantzis, Advanced Energy Economy
"[New York] is blazing a trail to open up the electric power system in New York to vital new resources that will make the system more efficient, more resilient, and more responsive to consumer desires. To get the most out of these resources, for the grid and for consumers, we need to fully assess their benefits as well as costs. States around the country are looking at this same question. New York can provide the answer.”

 

Raya Salter, Natural Resources Defense Council Attorney
"This is as exciting as the Public Service Commission gets. These are bold, aggressive changes."

 

Anne Reynolds, Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
"New York's approach to limit utility ownership balances the desire for more solar with the desire to have competitive markets that we expect to continue to bring down the costs of solar.  Everyone is watching to see what's happening here. It's really a model of what a utility could be in the future."

 

Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets
“There is so much potential, it is extraordinary...The opportunity for private companies, for towns and villages, for government entities, it is just so rich. And the opportunity for consumers is so powerful.” 

 

Oliver Yates, Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation
“Green Banks, such as REV’s NY Green Bank, focus on the sustainable use of taxpayers' money. That's the difference between a grants culture and a loan culture. We can't create an industry around an uncertain budgetary process, but if we can prove stability in these sectors, then the stop-start solutions will fade out as private lending institutions get more involved.” 

 

Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
“This is a huge step forward in New York’s efforts to create new jobs, reduce pollution and fight climate change. Governor Cuomo and the PSC deserve a lot of credit for being forward looking and for understanding the importance of market certainty. With 338 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity already installed across the state, this action puts New York on a clear trajectory to become one of the nation’s leading solar states.”

 

Peter Olmsted, East Coast Regional Director of Vote Solar and President of New York Solar Energy Industry Association 
"Strong policy leadership is combining with business innovation to fundamentally transform New York's energy landscape for the better. Solar and other clean options are creating jobs, putting consumers in charge of their bills, and building healthier, more resilient communities.”

 

Mark Thielking, Executive Director of Energy Improvement Corporation and Energize NY
“Energize NY and its municipal members are thrilled to offer affordable and accessible financing to New York’s clean energy marketplace, and to serve as an example of one of many ENTERPRISES that will thrive under Governor Cuomo's REV initiative. By addressing financing gaps and eliminating market barriers, New York State is proving to be an exceptional market for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and we’re looking forward to increasing demand for these projects throughout NY State."

 

Kit Kennedy, Director of the Energy & Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council
“Governor Cuomo’s bold plans come as the nation—and the world—are poised to take historic action on climate. The U.S. is tackling power plant pollution nationwide, countries like China and India have made groundbreaking commitments to tackle their climate emissions, and the international climate talks in Paris are fast-approaching—now is the perfect time for the state’s aggressive climate commitments. New York is moving forward with the mantle of climate and clean energy leadership.”

 

NYLCV
“Governor Cuomo’s announcement today is just the type of bold thinking and dramatic action needed to address climate change. These four actions build on the groundbreaking work the state is already doing through the Reforming the Energy Vision and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We look forward to working with Governor and his administration as this plan is implemented.”

 

Willie Janeway, Adirondack Council Executive Director 
“This announcement marks a new commitment for New York, as the Governor pledges to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per person by 2050, which would be 80 to 95 percent lower than 1990 levels. New York is already part of a nine-state coalition working to curb greenhouse gas gases through its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is aimed at cutting carbon from electric power plants throughout the Northeast. This new initiative sets a new climate-friendly standard for other states and nations to meet, and includes the goal of expanding RGGI and establishing a North American market to cap and trade carbon. If everyone made and then met a similar commitment with regional protections, we stand a much better chance of avoiding a long series of climate-related disasters.”

 

Erin M. Crotty, Executive Director, Audubon, New York
“Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo demonstrated his leadership in addressing one of the most pressing threats to birds, wildlife, and natural resources in North America: climate change. Audubon applauds the Governor’s signing of the Under 2 MOU and his commitment to work with other states and the Canadian governments to create a North American Carbon Market."

 

 

 

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Downloadable Resources
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REV – What You Need to Know: A quick overview of REV’s goals and initiatives in one easy-to-reference document.

REV White Paper: An in depth look at what REV is, why we’re doing it and New York’s plan of action.

State Energy Plan: New York’s comprehensive roadmap to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Clean Energy Standard Fact Sheet: Read about this core component of REV that ensures 50% of New York State’s electricity will come from renewables such as solar, wind, and hydro by 2030.

CEOC Report: The Clean Energy Organizations Collaborative (“CEOC”) submits the following principles and methodologies to guide both the selection of an interim successor to net metering, as well as the long-term task of developing rates to compensate distributed energy resources for their locational and environmental benefits.