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Gov. Cuomo pushes major renewable energy effort in New York

Greentech Media:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a “Green New Deal” initiative Tuesday, responding to pressure for bold climate action from progressives and clean energy advocates.

The plan, outlined in Cuomo’s 2019 Justice Agenda, calls for a “globally unprecedented” ramp-up in renewable energy deployments as New York seeks to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, and ultimately eliminate its entire carbon footprint. 

Former California Governor Jerry Brown signed a similar executive order last fall calling for the Golden State to achieve carbon neutrality economy-wide by 2045. California also passed legislation to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by the same year. If Cuomo’s 100 percent carbon-free electricity goal is approved by the state legislature, New York will officially have the most aggressive — and legally binding — clean energy target in the country.

The cornerstone of Cuomo’s Green New Deal is to boost New York’s Clean Energy Standard from 50 percent to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. To meet this new mandate, the briefing calls for: nearly quadrupling New York’s offshore wind target to 9,000 megawatts by 2035, up from 2,400 megawatts by 2030; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025, up from 3,000 megawatts by 2023; more than doubling new large-scale land-based wind and solar resources through the Clean Energy Standard; maximizing the contributions and potential of New York’s existing renewable resources; and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.

Gov. Cuomo also announced $1.5 billion in competitive awards to support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects across upstate New York. These projects are expected to add 1,650 megawatts of capacity and generate enough renewable energy to power nearly 550,000 homes. All projects are expected to be operational by 2022 and create more than 2,600 short-term and long-term jobs in the process.

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