Podcast Ep. 29: Julie Tighe on Leading the NY League of Conservation Voters and Joining the NYISO's Environmental Advisory Council
In this episode of our Power Trends podcast, Julie Tighe discusses her role leading the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), and her recent addition to the NYISO’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). The EAC, which was formed in 2005, provides information and analysis on state and federal environmental policies relative to NYISO’s mission of grid reliability.
“No one is going to be happy if the air conditioning goes out in a heat wave. So, we need to be strategic about that,” she said.
NYLCV’s efforts range from advocating for clean air and water to working with the real estate industry on constructing greener buildings.
“[The League is] the political arm of the environmental movement here in New York, where we really hold elected officials accountable for their actions on environmental policy,” she explained.
In the interview, Julie discusses new grid-level technology being developed, including thermal energy networks, that could address growing consumer electric demand. Tighe said it’s crucial to avoid “pie in the sky policy” and work on practical solutions that address decarbonization goals while maintaining system reliability.
Julie also speaks to the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019, arguably the nation’s most ambitious set of state decarbonization policies. “On the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act…the state went through a robust planning process with a significant amount of public input, lots of stakeholders who were involved in the conversation, really setting out the roadmap for how we are going to achieve these big, bold, ambitious goals of getting to an economy that is 85% emissions reduction by 2050,” she said.
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Read the announcement of Julie Tighe’s addition to the New York ISO’s Environmental Advisory Council