New York proposes new clean energy framework

In the US, New York state governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, unveiled the proposed framework to expand the state's clean energy economy under efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
 The 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda includes increasing investments in clean energy technologies; such as offshore wind, solar energy storage and energy efficiency to improve the resilience and reliability of grid networks.

In a statement, the Governor says the state will:

  • Expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and reduce emissions equitably from the highest-polluting, high demand “peaker” power plants
  • Issue Solicitations in 2018 and 2019 to develop at least 800 MW of offshore wind projects and foster the offshore wind industry and workforce in New York State
  • $200 million investment to meet unprecedented energy storage target of 1,500MW by 2025 in order to increase transmission of clean and renewable energy
  • Create the Zero Cost Solar programme for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers
  • Reconvene the Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change, disbanded by the Federal Government
  • Governor directs the establishment of energy efficiency target by earth day
  • Regulations to close all coal plants to be adopted.

If approved and implemented, the plan is expected to help New York state to generate 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030, a goal set under the Reforming the Energy Vision policy.

The framework will ensure the state is in line with recommendations drafted under the Environmental Protection Fund to protect the climate.

“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,” said Governor Cuomo.

“With this proposal, New York is taking bold action to fight climate change and protect our environment, while supporting and growing 21st century jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries.”

You can access the full press release here…

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.