For Immediate Release: May 25, 2011Austin Shafran | firstname.lastname@example.org | 917-417-3711
Making NY More Affordable By Harnessing the Power of Alternative Energy: SenateDems Propose Innovative Bipartisan Energy Plan for Long-Term Relief
Plan Limits Gas Price Increases at the Pump, Establishes Fuel Cell Tax Credit, and Exempts “Green” Vehicles from Taxes
(Albany, NY) With Memorial Day Weekend kicking off the unofficial start of summer and millions of NewYorkers facing skyrocketing energy costs, Senator Kevin S. Parker and Senate Democrats unveiled acomprehensive energy savings plan to reduce the burden on cash-strapped energy consumers.A recent report from Goldman Sachs indicates that oil prices may hit $150 a barrel and as a result gas pricescould rise to $5 a gallon by next year. To ease the growing burden on consumers and create jobs, SenateDemocrats’ energy plan will provide long-term relief at the pump, and help establish New York as the premier site for alternative energy research, development and production.
The bipartisan legislative package includes bills
championed by both Democrats and Republicans,and can immediately be passed with support from the Republican Majority before the end of this year’slegislative session to begin to address New York’s affordability crisis.Senator Parker (D-Brooklyn), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy Committee said, “Hardworkingfamilies and businesses are suffering as a result of high gas prices and energy costs. Energy experts predictgas prices to go as high as $5 per gallon next year. This path is not sustainable. But we can start reigning inthe outrageous prices we see at the pump. The bipartisan package we propose increases renewable energy production in New York, reduces reliance on foreign oil, and creates high paying jobs in our state.”
The Bipartisan Legislative Plan includes:
S603/Peralta: Prohibits more than one increase in the price of motor fuel in any twenty-four hour period.
S1054/Parker: Provides a tax incentive in the State of New York for individuals and commercialentities to purchase cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles.
S1067/Parker: Requires alternative fuels to be available for public use along the New York StateThruway, and for these fuels to be available at least every 120 miles on each side of the Thruway.
S1114/Parker: Restores a fuel cell technology tax credit to continue New York's public policy of promoting increased use of greenhouse gas reducing power technologies.
S1149/Parker: Expands New York's net metering law to cover residential and non-residential utilitycustomers utilizing micro-hydroelectric generating systems to encourage greater investment infacilities that generate energy from clean renewable sources.
S2646/Grisanti: Provides owners of vehicles with a high mile per gallon fuel efficiency – 35 MPG or more – a ten percent "Green EZ-Pass discount" on tolls in New York.
S4178/Maziarz: Creates the Solar Renewable Energy Credit program to stimulate the installation of solar projects in New York State, and also create thousands of good paying jobs in the process.