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October 16, 2012

Governor Cuomo Signs Nine-Month Extension of Tax Credits Under Brownfield Cleanup Program

On October 3, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a nine-month extension of the availability of tax credits under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program BCP.

Previously, the BCP required sites in the program to receive their certificate of completion from DEC by March 31, 2015 to qualify for tax credits. With the extension, sites may qualify if they receive their certificate of completion by December 31, 2015.

According to the most recent annual report of DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation, it takes approximately three years for a brownfield site to complete the BCP process.

October 22, 2012

Report Found that New York's Electronic Recycling Law Has Increased Access to E-Waste Collection Sites for Rural New Yorkers and Reduced Costs for Rural Communities

On October 15, 2012, the Product Stewardship Institute released a report concluding that New York state's 2011 electronic waste law, the Electronic Equipment Reuse and Recycling Act, has increased access to e-waste collection sites for rural New Yorkers and has lowered the cost for rural local governments to manage such waste. The report, which analyzed the impact of the law on rural communities, concluded that the expanded market created by the law has lowered the costs for local governments to manage their e-waste.

The report found that some e-waste programs are now cost-neutral for some local governments. According to the report, 40 percent of the waste management officials interviewed reported an increase in the number of electronics collection sites in their communities since the law went into effect. About 65 percent reported lower fees for residents, who were previously charged up to $10 per unit by local recycling programs. The report recommends that the state take additional steps to improve the law, including greater outreach and education to publicize the law, increasing the per capita collection targets set for manufacturers, and providing bonus credits for manufacturers that collect e-waste in remote rural areas.

The report is available at http://tinyurl.com/d9cfsua.

October 26, 2012

New York Governor Released State Energy Plan Calling for $5.7 Billion in Private Investment to Add 3,200 Megawatts of Electricity Generating and Transmission Capacity

On October 22, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a state energy plan that recommends $5.7 billion in private investment to add 3,200 megawatts (MW) of electricity generating and transmission capacity.

The plan, referred to as the New York Energy Highway Blueprint, recommends $250 million in state funding to leverage an additional $425 million in private investments in renewable energy projects. The projects would generate about 270 MW of power.

The plan also calls for $1 billion in private investment to develop an additional 1,000 MW of new electricity transmission capacity, $250 million to develop smart grid technologies, and the study of offshore wind development in the Atlantic Ocean.

The plan, which was developed by a state interagency task force, calls for expedited implementation of the recommended actions.

Other recommendations in the plan include: (1) setting up an incentive fund to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter by power plants; (2) making $1.5 billion in investments to modernize existing power plants; and(3) using between $1 billion and $2 billion to develop and implement plans to replace 1,200 MW of power from the retirement of existing power plants.

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