June 30, 2015 Read More →

New York Aims for 50% Renewables by 2030

Scott Waldman on CapitalNewYork.com:

Half of New York’s power will come from renewable sources in the next 15 years, under a new state energy plan released Thursday.

According to the plan, the state will try to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. New York now gets just under a quarter of its power from renewable sources, including, hydro, wind and solar, but that will double to 50 percent in the next 15 years, the plan says.

The state also plans to increase energy efficiency efforts by 23 percent.

The long-awaited and long-delayed plan will guide energy policy for more than the next decade. It will affect decisions on the construction of new power sources, oversight of private energy markets and the spending of billions of dollars in public money. It will also likely lead to offshore wind projects and more large-scale solar developments. The plan addresses the impacts of climate change and accounts for the effects of natural gas infrastructure now being built or planned throughout New York.

State Plan Sets Aggressive Clean-Energy Goals

 

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