Looking for a crash course on renewable energy?

Check out our Online Teach-in Archive!

The goal of each teach-in is to provide an overview of the importance of renewable energy in meeting our climate and clean energy goals, creating green jobs and healthier communities. Field experts from across the state present and discuss a variety today’s renewable energy technologies.

If you have an idea for a teach-in, please email us at nyforcleanpower.org/contact-us/!

Refrigerants 101

Learn the facts about refrigerants, how to safely manage, and the role they play in electrifying our buildings via heat pumps to get off fossil fuels!

Speakers include:

Michaela Helme, New Yorkers for Cool Refrigerant Management

John Ciovacco, Aztech Geothermal

Kai Vormer, Aztech Geothermal

Christina Theodoridi, Climate & Clean Energy Program at NRDC

Youth Climate Movement 

Young climate activists and advocates from across New York State talk about the work they do to #ActOnClimate and how you can take action!


Ilyas Khan – Western New York Youth Climate Council – Buffalo

Melissa Hoffman – Sunrise Movement – Vassar College

Berenice Tompkins – Sunrise Movement – NYC

Shenequa Perry – Student Climate Coalition – SUNY ESF

Hridesh Singh – New York Youth Climate Leaders – Rochester

Kellianne Ticcony – New York Youth Climate Leaders – Long Island

Clean Transportation in NY

Hear from knowledgeable speakers about practical transportation emission reduction targets and what strategies we’ll need to reach those targets. Learn how you as an individual or business owner can take action to be a part of the solution for a cleaner New York!


Allison Considine, NY Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club

Bruce Ho, Senior Advocate in Climate & Clean Energy Program at the NRDC

Victoria McGarril, Consultant for Sustainable Transportation Solutions at Energetics


Large-Scale Renewables (Updates!)


We need large-scale renewable projects to be built and to stay in New York if we want to meet our goal of 70% renewable electricity by 2030. Hear more from Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how you can take action for renewable electricity! Petition coming soon!


Anne Reynolds, Alliance for Clean Energy New York


Transportation & Climate

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in New York State! Tune in to learn about the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI): one of the many solutions needed to electrify New York’s transportation system and reduce our main source of emissions. Hear from knowledgeable speakers working on TCI at a national level, and reach out to nyforcleanpower@gmail.com if you want to help electrify transportation and make your community more sustainable. Moderated by Betta Broad, New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP)
Allison Considine, Sierra Club
Uchenna BrightNatural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
Stephan Edel, New York Working Families

HeatSmart Ulster Sullivan Campaign 101

Heat pumps 101 with Hugo Jule, a clean energy & EV expert consulting with the HeatSmart Ulster-Sullivan campaign.

Heat Pumps & Energy Efficiency

Learn what you can do to promote comprehensive utility energy efficiency & heat pump (not pipelines) programs! In partnership with Renewable Heat Now, New Yorkers for Clean Power is collecting comments on the joint utility filing for the utility energy efficiency programs. The public comment deadline is July 1st, 2019. Submit a comment (you can use our sample): https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ren… The utility efficiency programs need to be well funded, accessible, provide incentives for renewable heating and cooling and not gas!
Speakers include:
Bob Howarth, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell University
Valerie Strauss, Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Association for Energy Affordability
Jessica Azulay, Executive Director of Alliance for a Green Economy
Jens Ponikau, Owner of Buffalo Geothermal Heating & Vice President of New York Geothermal Energy Organization

Renewable Heat

Time to Get Pumped!  Renewable heat pumps are good for the planet & can save you money. Learn about renewable heat pumps in our homes and communities. Today’s heat pumps are more efficient and fossil-fuel free. Heat pumps extract heat from the air or ground to heat the air or water in your building. They can also work in reverse as air conditioners!
John Ciovacco, President of Aztech Geothermal
Zeyneb Magavi, District Heating Advocate with Mothers Out Front
Donovan Gordon, Director of Renewable Heating & Cooling at NYSERDA
Betta Broad, Director of NYCP and Co-founder of Renewable Heat Now!

Community Renewables

Support Renewable Energy & Save Money on Your Electricity Bill Each Month!  Tune in for information on New York’s community solar and hydroelectric projects, updates on the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER), and the policies needed to move forward to improve solar energy in New York. Our speakers will be available to answer questions and provide information on what you can do to get involved in the renewable revolution!
Juan Parra, Solar One Community Solar Program Manager
Sarah Bower, Natural Power Group Co-Owner
Cal Trumann, SunCommon Solar Community Organizer
Emmett Smith, Northern Power Light Founder
Jessica Azulay, Alliance for a Green Economy Executive Director

Large Scale Renewables

What Will it Take to Achieve New York’s Renewable Energy Goals? Join us for an online teach-in with Anne Reynolds, the Executive Director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) to find out how large-scale renewable energy is vital to ending our reliance on fossil fuels. Reynolds will speak to the challenges that wind and solar project developers face in our state and the next steps for New York’s renewable future.

Energy Efficiency Updates in NYS

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to address climate change while also creating good local jobs, reducing other harmful pollution, and increasing the resiliency of our electric grid.

Speakers include:
Valerie Strauss Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Association for Energy Affordability
Conrad Metcalfe Executive Director, Building Performance Contractors Association
Stephan Roundtree, Jr., Esq. Environmental Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Sneha Ayyagari Schneider Fellow, Eastern Region, Climate & Energy Program, NRDC
Betta Broad Outreach Director, New Yorkers for Clean Power

Energy Efficiency

As we ramp up efforts to push Governor Cuomo, NYSERDA and the Public Service Commission to adopt a comprehensive energy efficiency program that is as ambitious and equitable as possible, we invite clean energy advocates and climate activists from across the state to participate in this online teach-in. Speakers include:
Miles Farmer, Staff Attorney, Climate and Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Clarke Gocker, Director of Policy and Strategy, People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)
Jessica Azulay, Program Director, Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives, WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT)
Hal Smith, CEO, Halco Energy