Renewable Energy Resources
General Renewable Energy
- Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc.
The Alliance for Clean Energy New York's mission is to promote the use of clean, renewable electricity technologies and energy efficiency in New York State, in order to increase energy diversity and security, boost economic development, improve public health, and reduce air pollution.
- New York State Public Service Commission’s description of the Systems Benefits Charge
- Public Service Commission Order Regarding Retail Renewable Portfolio Standard
- Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
This website contains summary information on programs that fosters renewable energy use such as grant and loan programs and corporate tax and income tax incentives. DSIRE also maintains the database of various regulatory policies for renewable energy including net metering, green pricing state, and construction practices, and has a special component for schools where teachers and students can enter information about their school's project.
- Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP)
The Institute for Sustainable Power is a non-national, non-profit international organization. The goals of ISP include improving the quality of renewable and sustainable energy projects, and improving the quality of workforce development for sustainable, local jobs. The organization offers accreditation and training programs for the design, installation and maintenance of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation systems. This site is good for any organization looking to expand its use of renewable energy. It is also useful for any company that is considering becoming certified in various aspects of renewable energy systems.
- Interstate Renewable Energy Council
This organization promotes the use of renewable energy sources using state and local governments. This site contains information on upcoming events, as well as various programs dealing with renewable energy in numerous states.
- Lawrence Berkley Laboratories Renewable Energy Publications
The Lawrence Berkley Laboratory website includes numerous publications, policies, and analyses of renewable energy.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is an organization that promotes the use and development of renewable resources for energy production. This site contains links to different types of renewable resources such as wind and solar, as well as programs that are already promoting the use of renewable resources.
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners organization is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives whose mission is to support and work with the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners. This site offers links that outline the certification process as well as general information about becoming certified.
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is an association that sponsors workshops, conferences and various events centered on renewable energy and sustainable transportation. This website has valuable information concerning various renewable energy events like the Junior Solar Sprint. The site also provides information on electric and solar electric cars as well as teacher information and resources.
- The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST)
The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST) is an organization that provides information on renewable resources to government and industry officials. This site contains links to upcoming events as well as completed studies completed by the center. The site can be useful to anybody involved in government or interested in learning about renewable energies on a national scale.
- U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy: Office of energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is a governmental agency that is committed to developing and implementing newer, more efficient energy systems. This agency attempts to combine public/private interests into one. The site offers links to hundreds of websites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy. It also contains links to numerous government programs that promote the use of renewable energy sources.
- Financing Your Renewable Energy Project
This U.S. Department of Energy website contains numerous links to different governmental programs aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy. Many of these programs offer financial help to those people wishing to install an alternative energy system.
- New York State Public Service Commission
The New York State Public Service Commission website provides useful information for those who are already in the process of installing a large wind energy system. Information offered on the site includes the many different regulations that turbines must comply with as well as the certification process that all renewable energy systems must complete.
- What does clean energy have to do with me?
This website provides links to information that provides answers to above question, and includes helpful facts for everyone from a homeowner to a electricity provider.
- Municipalities That Have Opted Out of New York's Real Property Tax Exemption for Renewables
Entrepreneurial Networks and Incubators for Renewable and Clean Energy Technology Business Startup
- RENEW NY
Renewable Energy Network of Entrepreneurs in Western NY (RENEW NY) is an organization dedicated to helping early stage renewable energy companies start and grow from the western borders of New York State to Interstate 81, including the Southern tier. Services provided by RENEW NY and its sponsors include a network of energy equity and debt investors, access to research solicitations, and mentoring throughout the early lifecycle of a renewable energy enterprise.
- NY Designs
NY Designs is a City University of New York program. Take courses in developing business plans, marketing green products, and 'prep' for the LEED certification exam. Work one-on-one with business counselors to develop growth strategies for your business and identify partners for manufacturing, distribution and technology development. For additional information, please contact Michelle Zaffino at 718-482 - 5317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC)
The Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) is a division of Albany NanoTech. The center has a state-of-the-art infrastructure that provides an applications-targeted, resource-supporting technology development with the integration of microelectronics and nanotechnology, advanced energy and environmental applications.
- Albany NanoTech
Albany NanoTech is a fully integrated research, development, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and education resource managing a strategic portfolio of state-of-the-art laboratories, supercomputer and shared-user facilities and an array of research centers located at the University at Albany – SUNY
- New Energy New York
New Energy New York is a consortium of energy-related technology organizations convened to expand and promote energy technology excellence in New York State. Its mission is to unite energy technology organizations for purposes of pursuing common technology initiatives, to promote New York State as a center for energy technologies, and to expand economic development opportunities, placing New York State as an important focus of energy development in the nation.
- Long Island Forum for Technology
Renewable New York State is an initiative of the Long Island Forum for Technology.
- Advanced Incubation Program for Renewable Businesses
Center for Economic Growth and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Agway Energy Services
- Amerada Hess
(Commercial and Industrial only)
- Central Hudson Gas and Electric
- Community Energy, Inc.
- ConEdison Solutions
- Consolidated Edison
- Constellation New Energy
(Commercial and Industrial only)
- Energy Cooperative of New York
- Green Mountain Energy
- Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
- New York State Electric and Gas
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
- New York State Public Service Commission
- Niagara Mohawk, A National Grid Company
- Orange and Rockland
- Rochester Gas and Electric
(Commercial and Industrial only)
- Sterling Planet
- NYS Standardized Interconnection Requirements
The New York State Public Service Commission website includes information on NYS Standardized Interconnection Requirements. This website contains a list of documents, created by the New York State Public Service Commission, outlining the specifications that must be met by energy systems to be connected to the power grid. This website is useful because specifications differ depending on the size of the energy system to be installed.
- Net Metering Information
This U.S. Department of Energy website provides information on "Net Metering," a special marketing and billing agreement between utilities and consumers that allows for the connection of a small energy system to the power grid. This is a national site but contains a link that allows for the search of individual programs in any particular area.
- Operating Your System Off-Grid
For many people, powering their homes or small businesses with a small renewable energy system not connected to the electricity grid is the most practical. This U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet provides information about doing just that and includes information on equipment needed as well as the various codes necessary for system compliance.
- PV System Sizing
Provided by Sandia National Laboratory, this link offers a series of worksheets and examples useful in determining the size and type of off-grid photovoltaic systems.
- New York Wind Map
This site contains an updated map of New York's wind speeds, developed under NYSERDA funding. This map has a resolution of 200 meters. Tools such as: zoom in, zoom out, pan, wind resource report, and more are located above the map. Various overlays can be selected as well.
- American Wind Energy Association
American Wind Energy Association is a national trade organization that promotes the use of wind energy. The site includes contact information for developers, consultants, equipment suppliers, and other members. It also provides details on large and small wind technology, policy initiatives, locations of installed wind projects, and links to other information.
- AWS Truepower
AWS Truepower is an organization made up of meteorologists, engineers, and environmental specialists, offering a full range of technical services from feasibility studies to wind plant design. This site provides good information on weather and atmospheric conditions of an area for use in the development of an alternative energy system for a particular location. Also included on the site are wind maps and meteorology maps for specific areas of the world (including New York).
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory/National Wind Technology Center
As a part of the U.S. Department of Energy, this laboratory focuses on wind energy research and development. The site includes extensive information on the technology and associated research activities as well as publications, photos, and links to other wind energy related sites.
- Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the U.S.
This online document is perfect for anybody who is unsure about the wind conditions in a specific area. The document estimates wind energy resources in the United States, and indicates areas where a high wind resource might exist.
- Wind Power Law Blog
The Wind Power Law Blog focuses on wind energy legal developments, especially regarding land use and zoning law, environmental concerns, and judicial and regulatory actions. The site also links to sites of numerous New York wind plants.
- National Wind Coordinating Committee
A consensus-based group made up of wind developers, utility personal, government representatives, environmental groups, economic development organizations, and others, that investigate and discuss issues associated with wind energy; in particular avian issues, siting, transmission, and economic development. The site includes numerous links to other wind energy sites.
- U.S. Department of Energy Wind Program
This program is leading the efforts of the United States to improve wind energy technology so that it can generate competitive electricity in areas with lower wind resources. This site contains more detailed information about the program including the types of technologies being developed and additional publications. It also provides information on the Department of Energy’s hydropower program.
- Windpowering America
Windpowering America is a U.S. Department of Energy program with specific focus on the use of wind power generation as a source of income for American farmers, Native Americans, and rural landowners. This site provides helpful links to various state agencies that deal with renewable energy. It also gives information as to what is needed to start one’s own wind farm.
Windustry is a non-profit organization that promotes wind energy through outreach, educational materials, and technical assistance to rural landowners, local communities and utilities, and state, regional, and nonprofit collaborations. The site contains links to help the rural landowner to understand wind energy opportunities.
- American Wind Energy Association FAQs
American Wind Energy Association FAQs is an online tool, produced by the American Wind Energy Association, providing useful information ranging from the basics of wind energy to the installation process.
- International Electrotechnical Commission – IEC Wind Turbine Standards
This site provided by the American Wind Energy Association provides detailed information about the various regulations and standards as they pertain to wind turbines.
- The British Wind Energy Association FAQs
The British Wind Energy Association FAQs was developed by the British Wind Energy Association to provide information on all aspects of the wind industry from very broad to very detailed, advanced issues.
- Renewable Electricity Certification Program
This site gives detailed information about how renewable energy producers can get energy certificates. Each unique certificate represents all of the environmental attributes or benefits of a specific quantity of renewable generation, namely the benefits that everyone receives when conventional fuels, such as coal, nuclear, oil, or gas, are displaced.
- Bats and Wind Energy Cooperativ (BWEC)
The Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) is an alliance of state and federal agencies, private industry, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations interested in cooperating to develop solutions to minimize or, where possible, prevent mortality of bats at wind power turbines.
- Wind Energy Toolkit: Community Resources for Wind Development
The Wind Energy Toolkit is designed to provide information on all aspects of wind energy development, and to help communities prepare for wind development. The reports and documents in this toolkit are intended to provide objective information necessary for everyone concerned with wind development in a community – from the farmer or landowner who want to lease their land -- to the local officials charged with zoning, planning and permitting -- to interested members of the public. The toolkit houses information about the process for siting wind energy facilities in municipalities in the State of New York, and all the considerations that go into the decision-making effort.
- Aerial Photographs of the Madison Wind Plant
This website contains aerial photographs of a 11.55 megawatt wind plant located in Madison, NY. The plant includes 7 turbines, each reaching 325 feet to the tip of the blade.
- Wethersfield Wind Power Project
The Wethersfield Wind Power Project was developed by Enel North America, operating since October 2000. It currently sells electricity to Ontario Power Integrated Markets, Inc. of Canada. The website provides a general overview of the project as well as additional renewable resource Enel North America projects.
- American Wind Energy Association Small Wind Toolbox
The toolbox is meant as a resource for individuals seeking to install a small wind energy system and those who are interested in improving opportunities for small wind energy use. This resource goes beyond just general information, and provides a step-by-step list for installing a small wind energy system.
This website is a compilation of articles compiled by Paul Gige on small wind turbines. The site covers topics such as noise, results of turbine tests, power curve tests, and much more.
- NREL Small Wind Verification Project
This website posts actual performance test results from various small wind turbines. Wind turbines were installed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other locations (2 in New York), and are being tested over a long period of time.
- Small Wind in New York
This American Wind Energy Association page provides information specific to buying and installing a small wind turbine in New York State. Also included on the site are net metering and interconnection issues that are specific to New York.
- Small Wind State-by-State
This American Wind Energy Association website provides specific information about buying and installing small wind energy systems. The information is divided by specific state, and can be very useful for anybody who is unsure about the various laws and codes regarding alternative electric systems in his/her area. Additionally, this site provides general information that can be used by any consumer, regardless of the state in which they reside.
- New York State Public Service Commission Order Modifying and Approving Tariffs for Wind Net Metering
This Public Service Commission Order, Effective September 26, 2005, modifies and approves tariffs filed to establish standards for net metering and interconnection of residential and farm wind electric generating equipment.
- The Warwick Microwind Trial Project - UK
The Warwick Microwind Trial project website, is an open-access project providing independent and objective data on the performance of rooftop-mounted wind turbines at real sites in the UK.
- Live Clean with New York Wind Power - Video
- EERE Biomass Program fact sheet: Energy and Products from Renewable Domestic Resources [PDF]
- EERE Newsletters and Magazines for biopower
- Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas
The primary source for energy statistics, this website contains statistical information about the U.S. natural gas sector and other energy industries.
- Natural Gas STAR Program
This program is a flexible, voluntary partnership between the EPA and the oil and natural gas industry. Through the program, the EPA works with companies that produce, process, and transmit and distribute natural gas to identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The website provides general points about the program as well as information about joining the program.
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Mineral Resources
This division is responsible for the regulation of all oil, natural gas, gas storage and mining activities in the state. The website includes data on existing wells, permits and spacing orders.
- New York State Museum, Empire State oil and Gas Information System (ESOGIS)
The Museum maintains ESOGIS, a data system for the oil and gas industry that includes maps, well data, and reports. This website offers detailed searches of all wells in New York State. The wells can be searched by location, name, operator or API number.
- Stripper Well Consortium (SWC)
Funded by NYSERDA and USDOE, the Stripper Well Consortium (SWC) is an industry-driven consortium that is focused on the development, demonstration, and deployment of new technologies needed to improve the production performance of natural gas and petroleum stripper wells. The website contains links to current and past projects as well as information about becoming a member and upcoming member meetings.
- United States Department of Energy, Strategic Center for Natural Gas (SCNG)
This organization, part of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, conducts comprehensive science and technology development in the areas of natural gas supply, delivery reliability, and utilization, as guided by national strategic planning and policy analysis. The website offers information on informative programs occurring all over the United States as well as links to ongoing and past projects that are taking place in SCNG.
- New York Energy $martSM Program
The New York Energy Smart program promotes the use of clean, efficient energy sources. The website provides information designed to improve energy efficiency and to help the consumer understand his/her own home energy usage. It also includes a good deal of useful information on the ENERGY STAR® program which attempts to makes homes more energy efficient. The website includes links to various programs that offer incentives for homeowners as well as renters who reduce the energy waste in their homes.
- Energy 10 Software
This website provides information about the ENERGY – 10 Software, a design program which helps architects and building designers quickly identify the most cost-effective, energy-saving measures for small commercial and residential buildings. This website contains everything one needs to know about ENERGY- 10, including program capabilities, user support, revision notes, workshop and activities schedule, and purchase information.
- National Association of Home Builders
The National Association of Home Builders is a trade association that attempts to develop policies, which promote housing for everybody. The site contains information on local builders in a particular area. It can be useful when doing major renovations such as installing a photovoltaic system or simply building a new home.
- U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a coalition of leaders from across the building industry. Their mission is to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places in which to work. The site is good for any organization remodeling its current building or constructing a new one. It offers links to various resources on environmental issues that pertain to buildings as well as research done by the council that promotes the construction and usage of a "Green Building."