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Planning for a clean, resilient, and equitable energy future.

PowerUp NYC is a collaborative, year-long planning study 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.

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On December 1, 2022, New Yorkers came together at this Community Town Hall to learn about challenges and opportunities for the clean energy transition, and to share their priorities for taking action.

On December 6, 2022, New Yorkers tuned into this Technical Session to learn about research underway to inform NYC's transition to 100% clean electricity, including how energy storage can help reduce reliance on power plants and how the City can support clean energy development on public land.

On December 7, 2022, New Yorkers tuned into this Technical Session to learn about research underway to inform NYC's transition to electric-powered buildings and vehicles, including overcoming affordability challenges for heat pumps and ensuring grid reliability as we electrify.

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.

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:

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 members provide expertise that help guides the development of the final report.

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

Cristina Garcia / Building Electrification Institute (BEI)

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

Lovinia Reynolds / 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.

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