Empire Center Lights Out Event

On May 3, 2022 at 8:00 AM the Empire Center is hosting a meeting entitled “Lights Out? The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and New York’s Energy Future” in Albany, NY.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  James Hanley from the Empire Center asked if I would be willing to spread the word about the event so I am sending this to my distribution list and will make a short post.


New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) was passed in 2019 and became effective on 1/1/2020. The Climate Action Council has been working since then to develop plans to implement the Act.  Over the summer of 2021 the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and its consultant Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) prepared an Integration Analysis to “estimate the economy-wide benefits, costs, and GHG emissions reductions associated with pathways that achieve the Climate Act GHG emission limits and carbon neutrality goal”.  Integration Analysis implementation strategies were incorporated into the Draft Scoping Plan when it was released at the end of 2021. 

Lights Out Event Description

The CLCPA lays out an ambitious slate of policy goals to promote clean energy and fight climate change. But can the state meet its energy needs under the new law and what will be the cost to New Yorkers?

Please join the Empire Center—and a panel of climate and energy experts from across the state—as we explore the economic and energy impacts of the CLCPA.

Event Details:
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
8:00 am to 11:00 am

Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street Albany, NY 12207

8:00 – Registration, Coffee & Networking

8:30 – The CLCPA and New York; Opening Remarks

  • James Hanley, Senior Policy Analyst, Empire Center for Public Policy

9:00 – Meeting New York’s Energy Needs Under CLCPA

  • Gavin Donohue, President of the Independent Power Producers of New York
  • Commissioner John Howard, New York State Public Service Commission
  • Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of the Business Council of New York

10:00 – Consumer Effects Of CLCPA; Costs, Benefits and Impact?

  • Richard Berkley, Executive Director of the Public Utilities Legal Project
  • Michael Butler, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Donald Chahbazpour, Director of Policy and Regulator Strategy, National Grid
  • Hon. Kevin Parker, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications


It looks like a great group of speakers and I am planning to attend.  Actually it sounds like it would be a good topic for a future post.

Author: rogercaiazza

I am a meteorologist (BS and MS degrees), was certified as a consulting meteorologist and have worked in the air quality industry for over 40 years. I author two blogs. Environmental staff in any industry have to be pragmatic balancing risks and benefits and (https://pragmaticenvironmentalistofnewyork.blog/) reflects that outlook. The second blog addresses the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision initiative (https://reformingtheenergyvisioninconvenienttruths.wordpress.com). Any of my comments on the web or posts on my blogs are my opinion only. In no way do they reflect the position of any of my past employers or any company I was associated with.

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