Monday, June 21, 2010

Business Gets Green: June 24th

Thursday, June 24, 2010 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library

1324 Jefferson Ave, Corner of Jefferson and East Utica [ Map ]
This is a wonderful facility - intimate but spacious.
Lots of Free Parking - 25 spaces in the library lot - and ample on-street parking.

for the 15 minute featured presentations:

Descriptions of the businesses in the featured presentations, click here.

The Format for Business Gets Green includes 1/2 hour of 30 second Introductions by businesses, organizations and individuals.

UPDATE - July 11: VIDEO of Introductions - Click Here.

Introductions are followed by 4 - 15 minute feature presentations on businesses or issues that are of special interest, usually with Powerpoint slides.

If you would like to give one of the 15 minute presentations, please contact Bill Nowak with a 2-3 paragraph description of your presentation and dates (3rd Thursdays) you can be available to present.

As usual, this session will be filmed for LCTV and YouTube. Thanks Jon Allen!
Videos of all of the past Business Gets Green sessions are HERE.

Save the Date - August 19th - This session will feature the Greater Niagara Renewable Energy Manufacturers Committee, the CanAm effort to build wind manufacturing in Western New York, Helios Energy's National Science Foundation grant for an "Integrated Algal Platform for Bio-Diesel and Hydrogen", and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on the new funding they've snagged and its implications for green jobs.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Meeting on Offshore Wind Power


Informational meeting set on offshore wind towers

The Erie County Legislature has set an informational meeting on the New York Power Authority’s proposal to erect wind towers off Lake Erie near Buffalo.
The session will begin at 11 a. m. on Wednesday, June 9th on the fourth floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.
The Power Authority is asking for proposals to build wind towers in three offshore locations, including Lake Erie.
County Legislator Daniel M. Kozub, D-Hamburg, heads the Energy and Environment Committee and encourages anyone interested in the subject to attend. Members of the public can also send written comments on the matter to Kozub as chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee, 92 Franklin St., fourth floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.

From Brian Smith, Citizens Campaign for the Environment:

We are planning a press conference for Wednesday at 10:30am, outside of the County Office Building at 92 Franklin.

We will be covering two issues, which both will be discussed at the Energy and Environment committee meeting immediately following the press conference:

  • Support a process that will bring offshore wind power to our Great Lakes, and oppose any effort to prematurely oppose offshore wind. Groups will ask the Legislative Committee to oppose a resolution sponsored by Legislator Lynne Dixon against offshore wind.
  • Oppose the County Executive’s plan to “re-purpose” a Department of Energy grant previously dedicated to forming county-wide strategic plans to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create a County Green Team to advance environmentally friendly solutions within County government, and advance a food composting program.

Clean Energy in Offshore Wind

Five offshore windmill proposals received for lakes Erie, Ontario
By Mark Sommer

Five proposals have been received to construct offshore windmills in Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.

Richard M. Kessel, New York Power Authority’s president and chief executive officer, announced Friday that a review process will get under way that is expected to end with one or more developers selected by early 2011.

Mayor Paul Dyster of Niagara Falls, an environmental advocate who then ran for political office, said the BP oil leak was a reminder of the need to push for environmental change.

Brian Smith, Western New York program director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, also praised the move toward harnessing the wind in the Great Lakes.

"We can walk in a new direction towards a cleaner, safer energy future for our Great Lakes. We can break our dependency on fossil fuels, and begin a new energy future by investing in clean, renewable, domestic wind energy,” Smith said. Read more here.

In another article, it was stated that the goal is to erect a cluster of about 40 to 166 wind turbines directly on the lake to generate a minimum capacity of 120 megawatts of power. Sharon Laudisi of the State Power Authority stressed that there would be a long process of environmental review, and that issues such as aesthetics would come into play. Also, turbines would be located possibly five to six miles away from the shoreline, as reported in The Buffalo News.

Oil leak underscores need for offshore wind projects
By Brian Smith
If we are serious about getting off of fossil fuels, and serious about a renewable energy future, we must fully examine offshore wind in our Great Lakes. Read more here.

Focus on wind power, energy conservation
Regarding the May 10 editorial, “Nuclear power now,” the quickest path to reduced dependence on foreign oil involves energy conservation and wind power. Unlike nuclear power, a typical land-based wind project can be built in as little as three years. In the Great Lakes region, there is enough wind resource to meet all our energy needs.

With improvements to the grid, wind power can act as “base load” energy because the wind is almost always generating commercial quantities of power somewhere within the wider region. Currently, when it is windy, up to 15 percent of Erie and Wyoming counties’ electricity demand is being generated by the wind facilities located in these two counties.

The wind subsidies The News criticized result from flawed public policy. Ontario’s Green Energy Act incentivizes renewable energy with policies similar to those the U. S. government used to retool American industry in 1942. Last year the program generated $9 billion in private investment commitments as well as enough renewable projects to produce about 75 percent of the output of Rochester’s Ginna Nuclear Power facility. Ontario’s renewable energy program is really a “high value industrial development” program designed to generate tens of thousands of high-paying industrial jobs.

Derek Bateman

Video link
to presentation on Ontario’s Green Energy Act is here.

Buffalo ReUSE is Hiring

The Buffalo ReUse is looking to hire a Volunteer Coordinator (VC). The VC will work with a team of Buffalo ReUse staff to develop our Volunteer Program and assist with Organizational Development and Fund Raising Events.

Specifically, the VC will report to the Director of Community Programs and help recruit volunteers from all regions of the community, including corporate participants. The VC will train and support volunteers, maintain a Volunteer Database, oversee efforts to recognize volunteers, design promotional materials for volunteer recruitment, as well as, seek out other innovative volunteer programs and successful development attributes we might adopt.

Please share the attached Buffalo ReUse Volunteer Coordinator Announcement with anyone you feel would be qualified, committed and enthusiastic about this opportunity.

To review the FULL JOB DESCRIPTION, visit:

Caesandra N. Seawell, Director of Community Programs
Buffalo ReUse Inc, 716-885-4131