New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

by Aug 11, 2016Climate Change, Green Building, Pollution0 comments

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“New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state’s environment for decades to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combating climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future.”

Related: New Study Finds NYC Could be Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030

Environment New York praised the announcement. In a statement, Heather Leibowitz, the organization’s director, said that “moving forward with the Clean Energy Standard makes it much more likely that New York can ramp up solar and onshore and offshore wind, to meet the Empire State’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions. This means cleaner air for families, less global warming pollution, more stable electricity bills, and a stronger economy.”

However, it should be noted that nuclear power is a major component of the plan. Three of the state’s nuclear power plants will be subsidized as a way to avoid new carbon pollution during the transition period. Utilities will pay nearly $1 billion over two years to keep the nuclear power plants operational.

The state is starting aggressively, with a renewables target of 26.31 percent of the state’s total electricity load in 2017 and growing to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, nearly 23 percent of the state’s power currently comes from renewable sources.

Read full story: InHabitat

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