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U.S. mayors and governors are in Dubai to discuss climate change

Leaders from around the world are gathered in Dubai for COP 28, the U.N.’s annual summit on climate action. They’re trying to hammer out a plan for how to transition the world away from fossil fuels. But the tough work of actually implementing that plan, if one emerges, won’t be done in most places by prime ministers and presidents.

12/07/23

Governor Hochul Announces $100 Million in Environmental Bond Act Funding Now Available for Zero-Emission School Buses

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $100 million is now available for zero-emission school buses under the historic $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The New York School Bus Incentive Program provides funding to make clean buses and the associated charging infrastructure more affordable for public school districts and bus operators that contract with them while reducing pollution, and improving air quality in communities across the state, particularly those that are underserved.

11/29/23

Ørsted, Eversource install New York’s first offshore wind turbine

By Diana Digangi

The 130-MW South Fork Wind wind farm offshore New York has installed its first turbine, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Monday.

11/21/23

Governor Hochul Announces Clean Energy Jobs at Highest Level Ever in New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the number of individuals with clean energy jobs in New York State reached the highest level ever with a record 171,000 workers at the end of 2022, reflecting the quality career opportunities in clean energy sectors that continue to outpace overall job growth statewide as New York accelerates efforts to meet its climate goals. Today’s announcement builds on the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act commitment to ensure a just and equitable transition for all New Yorkers.

11/15/23

This city rarely reaches 100 degrees. It is now considered a ‘climate refuge’

CNN’s Chief Climate Correspondent Bill Weir visits Buffalo, New York, which has labeled itself a safe haven from climate change in the face of global warming threats.

11/14/23

‘Superuser’ states devour climate grants as others get nothing

By Thomas Frank

A federal climate grant program has been monopolized by five large states that together have collected half of its money, highlighting an uneven disbursement of government funding that often leaves poorer regions with less financial help to prepare for intensifying disasters.

11/13/23

New York’s Offshore Wind Future Is Being Dragged Down By Its Past

By Matthew Zeitlin

This hasn’t been a good month for the offshore wind industry in New York, but the state is pushing ahead to try to reach its aggressive decarbonization goals. Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday contracts for three big offshore wind projects slated to go into operation in 2030 and bring four gigawatts of renewable energy to the grid.

10/27/23

Long Island Politicians Claim Victory for Hochul Wind Power Veto

By Julia Rock

LOCAL RESIDENTS and Republican lawmakers on Long Island claimed a remarkable victory on Friday, when Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation that would have helped a major offshore wind project deliver power to the grid. The bill had passed with the support of nearly every Democrat in the legislature, but with elections weeks away, members of both parties have seized on local opponents’ zeal. They’re now clamoring to take credit for Hochul’s veto.

10/26/23

State plans to shift more of its power supply to renewables reaches a key juncture

By Yancey Roy

When New York regulators said “no” to giving more subsidies to offshore wind-power developers, they followed an ongoing trend here and abroad.
But it also marked what might be a crucial moment in the state’s ongoing push to shift more of its power supply to renewable energy.

10/22/23

New York Advocates Respond to Industry Lawsuit Against All-Electric Building Act

By Nydia Gutierrez

Earlier today, fossil fuel companies, developers, and other industry groups filed a lawsuit against New York’s All-Electric Building Act. The Gas Free NY coalition, including Food & Water Watch, Earthjustice, New York Communities for Change, and NYPIRG, issued the following statement in response:

10/12/23