States Join Together to Reduce GHG Emissions From Electricity
In an effort to lower carbon pollution, New York and the eight other states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are seeking to reduce the cap on power plant emissions by an additional 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030. Fulfilling New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s challenge to further strengthen the RGGI program, this latest update will bring the regional cap in 2030 to 65 percent below the 2009 starting level. In making the announcement, Governor Cuomo said, “RGGI’s success exemplifies New York’s commitment to protecting the people of this state by showing the world that we will cut pollution and improve health, while transforming our economy into one that is cleaner, greener, stronger, and more sustainable than ever before.” RGGI has already contributed to a nearly 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions form affected power plants in New York, as well as a 90 percent decrease in coal-fired power generation in the state. Click here for Governor Cuomo’s press release.