Governor Cuomo: Facilitate Feed-in Tariffs for New York
  • Petitioned Satish K. Tripathi

This petition was delivered to:

Co-Chair, WNY Regional Economic Development Council
Satish K. Tripathi
Co-Chair, WNY Regional Economic Development Council
Howard A. Zemsky
New York State Senate District 57
Senator Catherine Young
New York State Senate District 58
Senator Timothy Kennedy
New York State Senate District 60
Senator Mark Grisanti
New York State Senate District 61
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
New York State Senate District 62
Senator George Maziarz
New York State Assembly District 140
Honorable Robin Schimminger
New York State Assembly District 141
Honorable Crystal Peoples-Stokes
New York State Assembly District 142
Honorable Jane Corwin
New York State Assembly District 143
Honorable Dennis Gabryszak
New York State Assembly District 144
Honorable Sean Ryan
New York State Assembly District 145
Honorable Michael Kearns
New York State Assembly District 146
Honorable Kevin Smardz
New York State Assembly District 147
Honorable Daniel Burling
New York State Assembly District 148
Honorable Raymond Walter
New York State Assembly District 149
Honorable Joe Giglio
New York Congressional District 26
Representative Kathy Hochul
New York Congressional District 27
Representative Brian Higgins
New York Congressional District 29
Representative Tom Reed
Governor of New York State
Andrew Cuomo
Senior Vice President, Regional Economic Development, Empire State Development Corporation
Sam Hoyt
New York-25
Rep. Louise Slaughter
New York-059
State Sen. Patrick Gallivan

Governor Cuomo: Facilitate Feed-in Tariffs for New York

    1. Joel Huberman
    2. Petition by

      Joel Huberman

      Buffalo, NY

Dear Governor Cuomo,


Like you, we want to revitalize the economy of New York State (NYS). We want to encourage businesses that will create JOBS. We also want to protect NYS from the ongoing challenges of rising fuel costs and changing climate.


Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have proven again and again to be the most efficient way to promote rapid development of renewable energy, job growth, and business investment in jurisdictions ranging from cities to countries. As explained in our brief, clearly written, illustrated brochure at, FITS are neither taxes nor direct subsidies. They are long-term (usually 20-year) contracts in which a utility such as the New York Power Authority (NYPA) promises to pay a fixed rate for electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass or biogas. The rate differs for each type of renewable energy; it is based on the cost of production plus a reasonable (5-10%) profit. The stability of FITs permits electricity producers at all scales, from homeowners with a few solar panels to large wind farms, to easily obtain financing to initiate their projects--and thus to get the economy moving.


As an example of economic stimulation, Ontario Province, our neighbor, generated more than 20,000 new jobs and brought in more than $20 billion in new investments since starting its feed-in tariff program in 2009. In the process, it generated so much renewable energy that it's on track to eliminate its last coal-fired generation plant in 2014.


FITs are supported entirely by small charges to electric ratepayers. Ontario's successful program is costing ratepayers approximately the price of one Tim Horton's donut per month (


The Niagara Group of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, the United Steel Workers, the United Auto Workers and many others feel that a pilot FIT project in Western New York (WNY) would rapidly demonstrate the desirability of instituting FITs throughout New York State.


We think you agree, because on April 19 you announced your NY-SUN Initiative, which includes a pilot FIT for solar development on Long Island.


We are proposing a similar, but broader (including wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and biogas, as well as solar) FIT pilot project in WNY. We hope that, by January 2013, you will direct NYPA to issue FIT contracts for electricity from renewable sources within NYISO Zone A, which includes all or parts of 11 New York counties, all in WNY. We suspect that, within a year or two, the advantages of such a broad FIT program will have become obvious to all stakeholders, and you will then wish to extend the program to all of NYS.

Recent signatures


    1. Opportunities to help promote Feed-In Tariffs in Western New York

      Joel Huberman
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for signing the petition to Governor Cuomo, encouraging him to initiate a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program in Western New York (WNY). I'm writing now to tell you of four opportunities to further encourage the Governor to take this important step toward renewable energy--four public meetings/workshops of the planning team that is developing the WNY Regional Sustainability Plan. The first meeting is tomorrow evening, 6-8 pm, in the Starpoint Central High School Cafeteria, 4363 Mapleton Rd, Lockport (sorry about the last-minute notice). The other three meetings are next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in Buffalo, Jamestown and Cuba, respectively. See for details of meeting locations and times. The meetings will be informal; the audience will be able to speak up during the time allotted for questions, answers and comments. Please e-mail me ( if you have questions. Thanks for your help!!

    2. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lynette Meslinsky HAMBURG, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      It is an environmentally sound idea that creates jobs.

    • Wendy Scher BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to make renewable energy cost effective!

    • Robert Migliori NEWBERG, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      Feed-in tariffs are the most cost effective way to accelerate development of renewable energy

    • Valerie Niederhoffer BUFFALO, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      Either mankind will end The Fossil Fuel age or mankind will end in the foreseeable future.

    • Chris Weinert KENMORE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      totaly, should have hapend 40 yrs ago


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