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The US state of New York has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 95% since 1990, despite an increase in energy demand, according to a study released by Consumer Energy Alliance.

Key study findings include:

  • New York remains amongst the top five energy-consuming states in the US
  • One in four New York households use oil for heat in winter
  • 40% of energy generated came from natural gas
  • Nitrogen oxide emissions declined by 73%, sulfur dioxide by 95% and volatile organic compounds by 13%
  • Carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 22% between 1990 and 2016
  • Energy consumption increased from 2017 to 2018 amongst residential an commercial end-users
  • The decrease in emissions is a result of ongoing technology innovation and an increase in the use of nuclear and natural gas in the energy mix. 70% of the energy generated came from oil and natural gas
  • New York regulators continue to implement strict policies that harm low-income families, small businesses and cities

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Wendy Hijos, CEA’s New York state director, said: “With the emission reductions that have occurred recently, New York’s policymakers, regulators and leaders must come together in support of access to reliable energy resources and infrastructure development that will help the state continue to thrive.

 “Policies like the CLCPA, which literally leave small businesses holding the bag, is something that people in our community should stand up against. While we applaud the efforts to continue our environmental stewardship, this administration’s energy policies don’t account for everyone in our communities, passing the buck onto consumers who will end up feeling it in their wallets. This is an economic injustice. It is energy injustice. Let’s strive for policies that help our environment and offer economic opportunities.”

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