NYS 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda
The 20th proposal of the 2018 State of the State unveiled in early January by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo includes a comprehensive effort to combat climate change and expand the clean energy economy. According to the Governor’s press release, key initiatives include:
• Expanding Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and reduce emission equitably from the highest-polluting, high-demand “peaker” power plants
• Issuing Solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster offshore wind industry and workforce in New York State
• Investing in $200 Million to meet unprecedented energy storage target of 1,500 megawatts by 2025 in order to increase transmission of clean and renewable energy
• Creating the Zero Cost Solar for All Program for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers
• Reconvening Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change disbanded by the Federal Government
• Establishing an Energy Efficiency Target by Earth Day
• Adopting regulations to close all coal plants
“New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy,” Governor Cuomo said.
The agenda builds on progress made by the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy for a clean, more resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. For more on REV, click here. For the press release on the 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda, click here.