New York enacts 2050 clean energy and climate change standard


The New York state government has enacted the Climate leadership and Community Protection Act to address climate change by accelerating the adoption of clean resources and practices.

The act mandates New York’s energy system to be carbon-free by 2040 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 from 1990 levels.

The new law will help New York to increase its funding in clean energy solutions such as wind, solar, energy storage and energy efficiency.

In addition, disadvantaged communities will benefit from the act through the creation of jobs, improvements in public health and quality of life.

Key highlights of the act include:

1. 70% renewable energy by 2030
2. Nation-leading clean energy investments: The act codifies Governor Cuomo’s plan to install 9,000MW of offshore wind by 2035; 6,000MW of distributed solar by 2025; and 3,000MW of energy storage by 2030.
3. Climate action council and policy roadmap: NYSERDA and DEC will establish sector specific working groups to inform the industry of any standards developed under the act.

4. Landmark investments in environmental justice and just transition: Relevant state agencies will invest 35% of clean energy programme resources to benefit disadvantaged communities, and will aim to invest 40%. Additionally, the just transition working group will work to ensure that individuals working in conventional energy industries are provided with training and opportunities in the growing clean energy economy.