By Matt Fossen
Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive 2014 New York Energy Plan has now been released in its early draft form, with public reaction and conversation now reaching Tompkins County.
The Tompkins County Library at 101 East Green Street in Ithaca will be hosting a free admission community forum on March 5th in its Borg Warner Room from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the plan. Via Social Ventures as well as the Tompkins County Environment Management Council, the evening will feature an expert policy discussion on the new legislation and its environmental implications. Considered slightly controversial, Governor Cuomo’s plan seeks to spur clean energy efficiency all throughout the state, while the plan also provides provisions for increased natural gas usage.
The event brags notable and knowledgeable environmental policy experts to talk about the plan and outline its strengths and shortcomings. This includes Jackson Morris, Senior Energy and Climate Analyst of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Additionally featured will be Dr. Brice Smith, who was a senior policy analyst at Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center as well as a senior scientist at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research and is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Physics at the State University of New York’s Cortland Campus.
The draft for the plan can be viewed at energyplan.ny.gov; the event will be moderated by Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University.