The sun sets along 34th Street, aligning

New York Energy Week kicks off today with the Solar Financing Market Perspectives breakfast at 8:00am (see Energy Solutions Forum’s solar policy primer here). The opening ceremony at 5:30pm features New York State Governor’s Office Chairman of Energy & Finance, Richard Kauffman; Kenneth Daly, President of National Grid New York; Francis J. Murray, Jr, President and chief executive of NYSERDA; Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director at Barclays Capital; and Kristin Barbato, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Energy Management Officer for the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. [New York Energy Week]

Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, which allows owners to borrow money for conservation clean energy upgrades and pay it back over an extended (usually 20-year) period via property tax surcharges, has more than doubled since June 2011, to at least 168 projects worth $33 million. “The approach is on the verge of becoming more widespread.” [New York Times]

BP is pushing back against congressional efforts to scale back or throw out the Renewable Fuel Standard, which could shrink the market that will be served by its Butamax biobutanol joint venture with DuPont, with first production expected this year. [Bloomberg]