PowerUp NYC

PowerUp NYC

The Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) is excited to announce PowerUp NYC, a collaborative energy planning process.

Our energy system impacts our everyday life in countless ways – from defining how we get around the city, to how we heat and cool our homes, to the health of our communities.

PowerUp NYC is a collaborative, year-long effort to catalyze City government action to clean up our air, make energy bills more affordable, create good-paying jobs, and create opportunities for local, community-owned clean energy.

Through PowerUp NYC, MOCEJ is working with community leaders, energy experts, and NYC residents to develop policy solutions and actionable strategies City government will advance in the next four years to achieve a just energy transition by 2050.

We want to hear from you!

We want to understand New Yorkers’ concerns about our current energy system and your most pressing energy priorities. We're asking for your feedback on proposed actions City government can take to accelerate the energy transition.

Two rounds of Community Town Halls and public comment periods held in Summer and Fall 2022 will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the progress of the study and to provide feedback at key points.

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Vision and Timeline

Equity and justice will be at the heart of NYC's energy transition.

PowerUp NYC will culminate in a final report recommending policies and programs City government can advance to clean up our air, make energy bills more affordable, create good-paying jobs, and present opportunities for local, community-owned clean energy. The recommendations included in the report will be:

  • aligned with the energy and equity policy mandates and targets of the City and State;
  • reflective of an inclusive approach to energy leadership and governance; and
  • grounded in the needs of NYC residents, prioritizing frontline communities and communities that have been historically underserved.

Sustainability: NYC is committed to achieving 100% clean electricity by 2040 and decarbonizing our buildings and transportation sectors by 2050. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions will come hand in hand with reducing other forms of air pollution, creating a healthier and safer environment for all New Yorkers.

Resiliency: NYC is adapting our energy systems to withstand the intensifying impacts of climate change, including extreme heat, sea level rise, and increasing rainfall and coastal storms. A more resilient energy system means fewer blackouts and a more equitable and vibrant city for the New Yorkers of today and generations to come.

Affordability: NYC is committed to ensuring that our energy transition provides relief for the 1.5 million NYC residents currently struggling to pay their energy bills. A just energy transition means New Yorkers won’t have to choose between paying their utility bills and putting food on their table.

PowerUp NYC includes three phases:

  1. Choosing key research topics – Summer 2022
    What research questions do you think we should pursue to ground our energy planning decisions? The PowerUp NYC team will propose key research topics for consideration and present these during the first round of Community Town Halls. Public feedback will be accepted verbally at the Town Halls as well as through our online comment portal.

  2. Conducting the research and proposing recommendations – Fall 2022
    After conducting the research, the PowerUp NYC team will summarize the findings and propose specific steps City government can take in the next four years to put us on track to meet long-term energy goals. These will be presented at the second round of Community Town Halls, and public comment will help inform the final strategies to be included in the final report. Public feedback will be accepted verbally at the Town Halls as well as through our online comment portal.

  3. Publishing the final report – Spring 2023 
    Finally, the PowerUp NYC team will assemble the final report for publication in 2023, which will include an overview of the research and findings, an explanation of how public feedback was incorporated, as well as recommended programs and policies City government should advance to ensure we meet our energy and equity targets and mandates.

Ensuring Compliance with Local Law

In 2017, City Council passed Local Law 248 mandating the publication of a Long-Term Energy Plan every four years that reviews current and projected citywide energy supply and demand, and provides specific recommendations for integrating additional renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures citywide. PowerUp NYC will result in the publication of a final report that will serve as the first iteration of the Long-Term Energy Plan.

Several subsequent Local Laws mandated additional energy-related studies that will be conducted and integrated into the PowerUp NYC study, including:

  • Local Law 104 of 2017: understanding and mapping wind energy generation potential within the five boroughs, particularly in waterfront areas and on tall buildings
  • Local Law 99 of 2019: assessing the replacement of fossil fuel power plants within the five boroughs with energy storage powered by renewables
  • Local Law 181 of 2019: studying the feasibility of installing utility-scale energy storage on private buildings throughout the city
  • Local Law 21 of 2021: understanding the feasibility of constructing different types of renewable energy sources combined with battery storage on Rikers Island
  • Local Law 154 of 2021: studying the technical feasibility of building electrification technologies and assessing the impacts of building electrification to grid reliability and resiliency

Team

The PowerUp NYC team is working closely with a network of civic and community partners deeply invested in a better energy future for NYC. 

The NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) is leading the PowerUp NYC process. MOCEJ integrates sustainability and resiliency into one coordinated approach across several climate and environmental offices under the leadership of Executive Director Kizzy Charles-Guzman. MOCEJ works to make our buildings efficient and resilient, our infrastructure climate ready, our streets and public realm as living, open spaces, and our energy clean and resilient. Through science-based analysis, policy and program development, and capacity building, MOCEJ leads the City’s efforts to ensure that New York City is both reducing its emissions and preparing to adapt and protect New Yorkers from the intensifying impacts of climate change. 

We’re working with Community-Based Organization (CBO) Partners to engage diverse NYC communities. MOCEJ has teamed up with five CBO Partners, one per borough, to help us lead and promote the Community Town Halls and to facilitate public conversations throughout the PowerUp NYC process. Each CBO Partner is receiving a stipend to support their participation. Our CBO Partners are: 

Our Energy Technical Working Group (ETWG) members provide expertise to guide the development of the Plan. MOCEJ established the ETWG for PowerUp NYC to bring key stakeholder groups together with City government to provide feedback throughout the research process and the development of the final report.  

ETWG Member 

Organization 

Anne Reynolds 

Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) 

Maritza Silva-Farrell 

Alliance for Greater New York (ALIGN) 

Ben Mandel 

CALSTART 

Kyle Kimball 

Con Edison 

Maureen Leddy 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 

Jessica Waldorf 

New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) 

Andy Darrell 

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) 

Esther Toporovsky 

NYC Housing Partnership 

Bryan Grimaldi 

National Grid 

Sam Wilt 

Natural Resources Defense Council 

Jessica Lau 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

Bill Acker 

New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) 

Shravanthi Kanekal 

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) 

Kevin Lanahan 

New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) 

Julie Tighe 

New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) 

Zack Dufresne 

New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) 

Vlad Gutman-Britten 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 

Daniel Chu 

PEAK Coalition 

Richard Berkley 

Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) 

Zachary Steinberg 

Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) 

Tom Wright 

Regional Plan Association 

Summer Sandoval 

UPROSE 

 

MOCEJ has partnered with a consultant team to support PowerUp NYC. 

  • E3 (Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.) is an energy consulting firm that helps utilities, regulators, policy makers, developers, and investors make the best strategic decisions possible as they implement new public policies, respond to technological advances, and address customers’ shifting expectations. 
  • Topsight Advisors provides independent strategic advisory services to select buildings-sector organizations, including architecture and engineering firms and climate-focused non-profits. 
  • KC3 (Kinetic Communities Consulting) is a New York M/WBE certified social enterprise Benefit Corporation who advocates and implements strategic energy equity market transformations for diverse New York communities.

Research 

Research on key energy topics will ground the recommendations proposed in the final PowerUp NYC report. 

The research topics are still under development – check back soon for more information. 

What research questions do you think we should pursue to ground our energy planning decisions?  

The PowerUp NYC team will propose key research topics for consideration and present these during the first round of Community Town Halls in late Spring 2022. Public feedback will be accepted verbally at the Town Halls as well as through our online comment portal. 

Get Involved 

We want to hear from you! Learn about the energy planning process and share your perspective at our Community Town Halls.  

Two rounds of public Community Town Halls will be held virtually throughout the PowerUp NYC process; each round will include five Town Halls, with one tailored to each borough. Join a Community Town Hall to learn about the progress of the PowerUp NYC research and to have your feedback, concerns, and priorities integrated into the development of the final report. 

Each Community Town Hall will be guided by the following principles: 

  • Partnership: All Community Town Halls will be co-hosted with a local CBO Partner to ensure the PowerUp NYC effort is building upon, respecting, and prioritizing existing community and organizational resources, without reinventing the wheel. Our CBO Partners will also help us ensure the Community Town Halls are widely promoted across the city. 
  • Accessibility: All Community Town Halls will be held virtually on Zoom with a dial-in option, will include live interpretation into multiple languages, and will be livestreamed on social media. The Community Town Halls will be scheduled at various times, including evenings, afternoons and weekends, to accommodate varying work schedules. While each Community Town Hall will be designed to be borough-specific, anyone is welcome to attend any session, regardless of where they live or work. All Community Town Hall presentation recordings will be available online for viewing and commenting after the session, in addition to an FAQ compiled of questions asked during the event, which will be available in multiple languages. 
  • Transparency: Before each Community Town Hall, an agenda and any relevant materials will be posted online and shared with registered participants. Following each round of Community Town Halls, updates on the feedback that was collected and how it will be integrated into the PowerUp NYC process will be shared on the website. 
  • Accountability: The PowerUp NYC team will track outreach efforts and attendance at the Community Town Halls to determine which key stakeholders were able to participate and which may require additional follow-up. Tracking will also allow us to highlight areas needing improvement and to continuously refine engagement and marketing methods accordingly. 

How to participate 

The first round of virtual Community Town Halls will be held in Summer 2022 on Zoom, with in-person locations where the events will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for the dates and registration links! We’ll also be collecting comments, concerns, and feedback through our online form, which will be posted shortly.

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