New York


New York State is the fourth most populous state in the US. At the end of June 2019, climate change legislation (lauded as the most comprehensive in the nation) was passed by both Assembly & Senate.

In passing this bold climate legislation, New York followed in the footsteps of Maine, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and New Jersey, all of which had already passed substantive clean energy policies. (Hawaii has had its 100% renewables target in place since 2015.)

Signed by Governor Cuomo on July 18, 2019, The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) imagines solar panels on every roof; parking meters that double as car chargers; wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves and calls for:

  • 70% of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
  • 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040
  • A net-zero carbon economy by 2050
  • Prioritizing investments in renewable energy sources.
  • This includes 9,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035, 6,000 MW of solar energy by 2025, and 3,000MW of energy storage capacity by 2030 — a 23% increase in energy efficiency
  • Since transportation makes up a third of the state’s emissions it is likely the state will call for an expansion of mass transit and an accelerated shift to electric vehicles, which are already promoted with rebates and investments in charging infrastructure.

Cities, towns and municipalities are equally motivated and, for those, we have made separate pages: New York City, the largest city in America, and two fairly small towns, East Hampton and Southhampton, which made early commitments (in 2014 and 2017 respectively). They are part of Sierra Club’s list of cities committed to 100% Renewable Energy.

Recognizing that New York’s transportation sector is responsible for more of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, the New York’s Public Service Commission, in July 2020, authorized utilities to fund a massive EV infrastructure program to incentivize charging stations with the intention of supporting New York’s goal of deploying 850,000 Zero EmissionVehicles by 2025.

New York is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Want to help fight the climate crisis from your computer, but tired of just signing petitions? Join a team of volunteers with the Sierra Club's New York Beyond Coal campaign who write and submit letters to the editor. Check out the team's successes so far in 2022. To learn more about how you can participate, contact the team leader:


Hidden Subsidies Prop Up New York’s Fossil Fuel Industry

By Colin Kinniburgh and Julia Rock 02/02/24
ON A CRISP EVENING last spring, nearly 100 people packed into an elementary school auditorium in the Hudson Valley town of Athens. They had shown up to weigh in on the future of the town’s…
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A Superfund for climate change? States consider a new way to make Big Oil pay.

By Katie Myers 02/02/24
Last July, the normally warm and humid but still pleasant New England summer was disrupted by a series of unusually heavy rain storms. Flash floods broke creek banks and washed away roads, inundating several cities…
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Community Offshore Wind submits proposal for New York’s fourth offshore wind solicitation

Community Offshore Wind, a joint venture of RWE and National Grid Ventures, has submitted a proposal to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide New York State with clean energy…
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Orsted Ramps Up Bet on US Offshore Wind With New York Deal

By Will Wade and Will Mathis 01/25/24
Orsted A/S agreed to buy out its joint venture partner in a New York offshore wind farm after abandoning two New Jersey projects last year and taking $4 billion in impairment charges.
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NYS lawmakers seek to end the 100-foot rule for natural gas hookups

By Michael Gormley 01/22/24
Gov. Kathy Hochul and key state lawmakers want to abolish a 43-year-old state law that requires utilities to routinely connect natural gas lines to most new industrial sites, businesses and homes in a practice they…
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New York will replace gas pipelines to pump clean heat into buildings

By Jeff St. John 01/16/24
Last month, utilities in New York state submitted plans for 13 pilot projects meant to replace fossil-gas pipelines with infrastructure that can power clean, carbon-free heat pumps.
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Hochul to target limiting gas system expansion, transmission siting

By Marie J. French 01/09/24
Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to curtail the expansion of the state’s gas system and align utility rules with the state’s climate law.
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Yellow school buses are going green with a $1 billion investment

By Maxine Joselow and Anna Phillips 01/08/24
For decades, American children have traveled to school in buses that spew pollution — diesel fumes that have been linked to asthma and other ailments.
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Governor Hochul Announces New York’s First National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funded Fast Charging Station Now Operating in the Hudson Valley

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York’s first high-speed chargers for electric vehicles funded through President Biden's historic National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program are now operating in the City of Kingston, in Ulster…
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The ALL-ELECTRIC BUILDINGS LAW: What it means for you

The Assembly Majority is doing its part to protect New Yorkers and all communities from the harms of climate change. Most recently, within the state budget, we passed an all-electric buildings law. This is a…
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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…
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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…
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Hochul to target limiting gas system expansion, transmission siting

By Marie J. French 01/09/24
Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to curtail the expansion of the state’s gas system and align utility rules with the state’s climate law.

Leading New York’s Clean Energy Transition

New York is rapidly transitioning to an electricity system powered by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. This accelerated renewable energy development is guided by the Climate Act Link opens in new…

New York State Assembly votes to clear the way for offshore wind development off Long Island

The New York State Assembly approved the Planned Offshore Wind Transmission Act, which allows for the start of construction on the Empire Wind Two project. The wind farm will be built 14 miles off of…

Environmental groups in New York push to save offshore wind plan

Environmental organizations in New York are making a last-minute push for the passage of a measure meant to expedite off-shore wind development in the state amid local-level opposition in Nassau County.

How New York’s Democratic Socialists Brought Unions Around to Public Renewables

Last month, at the end of a torturous budget season, New York lawmakers secured the passage of the Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), a landmark win for state-level decarbonization efforts. The law requires the New…

What Did NY State Lawmakers Do to Address Climate Change This Year?

“We’re at a point where the state needs to begin adopting policies at breakneck speed to meet our climate law mandates,” said Liz Moran, New York policy advocate for Earthjustice. “So far we are headed…

As New York Lags on Climate Goals, Some Dirty Plants May Stay Open Past Deadline

AMID NEW YORK’S halting energy transition, there’s been one bright spot for communities facing the most severe air pollution: A swath of the state’s dirtiest power plants are starting to close.

Renewable developers, pinched by inflation, to ask for increased subsidies

Developers of new renewable energy projects in New York are poised to request bigger payouts for already-contracted projects the state is counting on to hit its climate targets.

NYSERDA Announces $15 Million for Fifth Round of Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the fifth round of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Carbon Challenge, making $15 million available as part of Round XIII of Governor Kathy Hochul’s…

New York Begins Exploring Non-Renewable Energy to Meet Climate Target

When New York passed its climate law four years ago, it declared wind, solar, and battery storage to be the energy sources of the future. The law not only required the state to get 70…

Bill to make Big Oil pay $3 billion annually for NY’s climate costs gains support

New York taxpayers are paying billions of dollars to combat the effects of global warming, with municipalities spending more than half their budgets on climate change, according to a state estimate released last month. This…

NYC skyscrapers turning to carbon capture to lessen climate change

From the outside, the residential high-rise on Manhattan’s Upper West Side looks pretty much like any other luxury building: A doorman greets visitors in a spacious lobby adorned with tapestry and marble.

Why New York’s congestion pricing plan getting federal approval is a win for climate change

ederal officials last week greenlit New York’s congestion pricing plan, allowing the state to move forward with its proposal to charge drivers a fee to enter certain parts of Manhattan in an effort to reduce…

New York State Pushes Ambitious Public Renewable Energy Agenda

In 1931, New York governor Franklin D Roosevelt created the New York Power Authority, which was designed to provide low cost electricity throughout the state. In the US today, there are more than 2,000 public…

After a four-year campaign, New York says yes to publicly owned renewables

On Tuesday, New York lawmakers passed a law that, for the first time, authorizes the New York Power Authority — the largest state public power authority in the U.S. — to build renewable energy projects…

FY 2024 Budget Highlights Energy Affordability, Sustainable Buildings, and Clean Energy

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced investments in sustainable buildings, energy affordability, and clean energy development in the FY 2024 Budget. In one of the most extensive climate packages in recent history, the Budget makes transformative…

New York takes big step toward renewable energy in ‘historic’ climate win

New York state has passed legislation that will scale up the state’s renewable energy production and signals a major step toward moving utilities out of private hands to become publicly owned.

Moving NY to clean energy is top 2023 challenge – NY Power Authority head

Switching to clean energy from natural gas-fired electricity is the New York power industry's top challenge this year, New York Power Authority's chief executive said on Monday.

During Earth Week, Governor Hochul Announces Completion Of Eight New Large-Scale Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects

During Earth Week, Governor Kathy Hochul today announced eight new large-scale renewable energy infrastructure projects have been completed in the last six months to deliver clean energy to New York's power grid. During development and…

Will NY rely on nuclear to reach its lofty climate goals?

By Kyle Chouinard 04/17/23
Just under half a mile separates the south shore of Lake Ontario from Nine Mile Point nuclear facility’s cooling tower, standing at almost 550 feet. A plume of white steam dominates the view of the…

Con Edison Celebrates 200 Years Of Energizing New York

Con Edison is celebrating its 200th anniversary, marking two centuries of powering everything New York, from the iconic city skyline and the lights of Times Square, to the to the millions of homes, restaurants, hotels,…

Governor Announces $13.5 Million to Third Round Winners of Buildings of Excellence Competition

Early-Stage Design Funding Also Announced to Support Integration of Low Carbon Solutions from Start of Design

Sticker shock awaits New Yorkers’ utility bills to fund renewables

New York is eager to move away from fossil fuels. Customers, though, will feel the switch in their wallets. The state has largely funded the recent investments in clean energy, electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps…

Agreements Announced on Two Municipally Owned Sites for Renewable Energy Development

Memorandums of Understanding Will Allow State to Explore Feasibility of Hosting Build-Ready Renewable Energy Projects on Closed Landfills in the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley

What’s Holding Up New York’s Climate Progress? Apartment Buildings

By Stefanos Chen and Winston Choi-Schagrin 03/10/23
Many New York apartment buildings have less than a year to get in line with an ambitious climate mandate, or risk facing millions of dollars in penalties....

Attentive Energy One Announces Plans for Two New Offshore Wind Ports In NYC

Attentive Energy One (AE1), a joint venture of TotalEnergies and Rise Light & Power (Rise), today announced plans for two offshore wind port facilities in New York Harbor.

A New York Town Once Thrived on Fossil Fuels. Now, Wind Energy Is Giving a Lift

By Jimmy Vielkind 03/05/23
This former oil town almost 300 miles from the coast is emerging as one of the early winners in the push to develop offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean. The hulking steel components of wind…

How a $6B transmission project made it in New York

When Transmission Developers Inc. announced plans for an underwater power line from Quebec to Queens, George W. Bush was president and Joe Biden was a senator.

Renewable projects are slow to develop amid New York’s climate goals

New York is striving toward ambitious goals for renewable energy and has inked contracts for new wind and solar projects. But few have been built, and now concern is growing about the pace of construction.

Dozens of NY Clean Energy Transmission Projects Obtain Regulatory Approval

The New York State Public Service Commission has authorized a large number of upstate transmission system upgrades that are designed to alleviate bottlenecks in the grid and allow a higher penetration of renewable energy.

Skanska to oversee construction of New York wind port

Swedish contractor Skanska has won a construction management deal to build an offshore wind hub, which will be connected to two wind farms.

Vermont Joins Multi-State Effort to Create Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub in Northeast

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced Vermont has signed on to a multi-state agreement, joining with New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, to develop a proposal to become one of up to…

Gov. Hochul proposes allowing New York Power Authority to build, operate renewable energy projects

By Stephen Singer 02/02/23
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, on Wednesday proposed authorizing the New York Power Authority, to finance, build, own, operate and maintain renewable energy projects.

Governor Hochul Announces Largest Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station in Southern Tier Now Open

Sixteen-Unit Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Hub to Expand New York Power Authority's EVolve NY Network Making High-Speed Charging More Accessible to Residents and Visitors

NREL Leads the Charge to Electric Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey

If goods are the lifeblood of global trade, ports are America's arteries, helping to pump cargo in and out of the United States. But the work of ports—and the diesel-fueled drayage trucks that move freight…

Governor Hochul Announces Zinc8 Energy Solutions, a Long-Term Energy Storage Leader, Will Locate its First Commercial Manufacturing Facility and American Headquarters in Ulster County

Company Will Create 500 Jobs Through a 5-year $68 Million Investment Plan in the Mid-Hudson Region and Build Environmentally and Economically Friendly Zinc-air Long Duration Energy Storage Systems

Governor Hochul Announces $672 Million Electric and Gas Utility Bill Relief for New Yorkers

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that 478,000 residential customers and 56,000 small businesses in New York State will receive assistance totaling $672 million to pay off unaffordable past due utility bills. Today's announcement is the…

New York State’s Dream for Clean Energy Innovation

Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2023 State of the State Address outlined her plans for ‘Achieving the New York Dream.’ A key component to making New York a ‘dream’ state is a ground-breaking cap-and-invest program to reduce…

Overview of New York’s environmental victories of 2022

By Isabel Friedman and Rich Schrader 01/17/23
NRDC has been hard at work with our partners in New York State. New York has, for years, taken strong positions on climate, and the strides made this past year will continue this critical leadership.…

N.Y. Gov. Hochul proposes ban on new gas hookups, to fight climate change

If the state Legislature passes Hochul's plan, the sale of all fossil fuel-burning home appliances would be phased out by the end of the decade.

Governor Hochul Announces the Completion of Plug Power’s $125 Million Manufacturing Facility in Albany County

Company Will Create More than 1,600 New Green Jobs at its Slingerlands Facility

Governor Hochul Unveils Cap-and-Invest Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat Climate Change

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a Cap-and-Invest Program to fund a sustainable and affordable future for all New Yorkers as part of the 2023 State of the State. Governor Hochul directed the Department of Environmental…

Monroe County, Rochester to receive millions to combat climate change

More than $1.5 million is being awarded to Monroe County and the city of Rochester to help fight climate change. Twenty-five communities across the state were chosen for the $11.6 million Climate Smart Communities Grant…

NYSERDA Awards More Than $14 Million Through Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge in Round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the awardees in the fourth round of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Carbon Challenge, with seven projects sharing more than $14 million through…

New York State Climate Action Council Finalizes Scoping Plan to Advance Nation-leading Climate Law

Robust Public Input Provided Over the Past Three Years Informed Creation of Roadmap to Meet Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Requirements

Governor Hochul Announces $52 Million in Awards for Regional Clean Energy Hubs to Connect New York Communities with Clean Energy Resources

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $52 million in awards to establish 12 Regional Clean Energy Hubs to serve as centers of outreach, awareness, and education in regions across New York State and help foster residents'…

Electric Vehicle Legislative Review 2022

As a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, dirty transportation damages public health, accelerates climate change, as well as concentrates pollution in low-income communities and communities of color. Thus, there is an…

Governor Hochul Announces 22 Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects to Deliver Clean, Affordable Energy to New Yorkers

State Now Has 120 Solar, Land-based Wind and Offshore Wind Projects Under Development That Will Provide Over 14,200 megawatts of Clean Power to the Grid, Powering Over 66 percent of New York's Electricity from Renewable…

Governor Hochul announced that NYSERDA has finalized contracts for the projects selected in NYSERDA’s 2020 Offshore Wind Solicitation.

The 1,260-megawatt Empire Wind 2 and 1,230-megawatt Beacon Wind projects were provisionally awarded in January 2021 as a result of NYSERDA’s second offshore wind solicitation. Expected to enter commercial operation in 2027 and 2028, respectively,…

New York Moves Closer to Building Electrification in State Budget

Statement by Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), All Our Energy, Association for Energy Affordability, Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region, Earthjustice, Fossil Free Tompkins, Frack Action, Mothers Out Front NY, Natural Resources…

Governor Hochul Announces the Groundbreaking of Plug Power’s $55 Million Manufacturing Facility in Albany County

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the groundbreaking for Plug Power’s newest manufacturing facility, located at the Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, Albany County. The company has committed to creating 1,633 new jobs at its latest…

NYC’s Big Clean Energy Plan Is Under Attack From One-Time Advocate

An ambitious project to deliver clean energy to New York City is facing sharp pushback from an environmental group that says the proposed transmission line will carry energy that’s not actually clean at all.

NY Gov. Hochul Announces Start of Construction of New York’s First Offshore Wind Project

Building on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) January issuance of the Final Sale Notice for the New York Bight, the recent key offshore wind contract milestone, and the State of the State announcement…

Contracts for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind Projects are Finalized

NY Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the finalization of contracts between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Empire Wind Offshore LLC and Beacon Wind LLC, each a 50-50 partnership between…

Interior to Hold Auction for Offshore Wind Power in NY, NJ

The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce…

Governor Hochul Announces Historic Wind Energy Auction Off New York And New Jersey Coast

Governor Kathy Hochul today in conjunction with United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will…

Health care, climate change crux of Gov. Hochul’s 2022 plan

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was delivering her first State of the State address Wednesday, outlining an agenda for an economic comeback from the coronavirus pandemic and new government investments in health care, housing and…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

How Politics Are Determining What Stove You Use

In a nation that is already deeply split along partisan lines over the pandemic response, racial equity and abortion, add this: gas stoves and furnaces.

Albany Environmental Roundup: 2021 Victories and 2022 Agenda

Last year’s legislative session in Albany was unlike any other. Instead of convening in the historic halls of the Capitol, state Senate and Assembly members spent hundreds of hours on video-calls, while a new class…

Bill to Require All-Electric Buildings in New York State Gets a Jump-Start

While a bill in the City Council that would effectively ban gas hook-ups for new construction is stalled in negotiations, state lawmakers are pushing a more sweeping measure that would require new buildings across the…

Proposal would boost National Grid monthly bills

National Grid and officials with the state Public Service Commission have agreed to a proposal that would raise Upstate electric and gas rates roughly $189 million over three years — increasing residential electric bills about…

$1.6 billion clean energy investment to extend operating life of Niagara Power Project

During Climate Week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced completion of a $460 million modernization and life extension effort at the New York Power Authority's Lewiston Pump Generating Plant, and the digitization of the first of 13…

New York Governor Sets New Solar Energy Goal, Announces Major Infrastructure Projects

By Dan Clark 09/21/21
New York state is expanding its solar energy goals, with a commitment of at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar power installed by 2030, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. Speaking at Climate Week NYC, an annual…

Climate Week: Major Green Energy Infrastructure Projects to Power New York City with new Wind, Solar and Hydropower

During Climate Week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two major green energy infrastructure projects to power New York City with wind, solar and hydropower projects from upstate New York and…

State Parks adding solar energy project to Niagara Falls State Park

As part of a series of new sustainability initiatives being announced by state agencies for Climate Week 2021, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid on Thursday announced a new solar array will provide clean,…

City of Rochester launches New York’s largest community choice aggregation program

By Robin Whitlock 09/16/21
Rochester is the largest municipality in New York State to launch a community choice aggregation (CCA) program. It is available to 57,000 Rochester residents and small businesses and will supply customers with more than 300…

New York directs utilities to submit transmission proposals as decarbonization deadline looms

By Scott Van Voorhis 09/13/21
The New York State Public Service Commission issued an order calling upon power companies to submit proposals for new transmission projects as the state pushes ahead with plans to generate 70% of its power from…

Recovery For All of Us: New York City Adopts new Zoning Rules to Protect Coastal Areas From Climate Change

NEW YORK—Following a City Council vote, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that a major package of zoning rules will now help to protect homes and businesses in New York City’s vast floodplain from climate…

A seventh climate change education bill in New York

Senate Bill 4781 would, if enacted, require the state commissioner of education to "make recommendations to the board of regents relating to adjusting curricula for social studies, economics, geography, and government classes in New York schools…

Cuomo outlines ambitious green dreams in third part of State of the State address

By Denis Slattery 01/13/21
In the third installment of his prolonged State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo said Wednesday that New York must embrace renewable energy and green initiatives in order to compete in a post-COVID economy.

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2021 Agenda: Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew

In 11th State of the State Address, Governor Advances Bold Agenda for Building the Green Economy in New York State

Public Comments on Proposed Regulations from the Office of Renewable Energy Siting

On September 16, 2020, the NYS Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) issued its proposed regulations to govern the accelerated siting of large-scale renewable energy projects. Public comments on these new regulations will be accepted…

Preparing for Climate Change in New York

This page provides an overview of the steps New York is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

New York’s Energy and Climate Portfolio

New York State has built a portfolio of programs and policies that will lower energy use, reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for unavoidable climate change. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has strengthened this portfolio…


Updated IRA EV Tax Credits Explained

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) established a multitude of federal income tax credits aimed at lowering the cost of clean energy equipment and energy efficiency upgrades for households. This includes a tax credit of up…

Can your career actually give you the power to save the planet?

Electric planes. Towns powered by waterfalls. Offshore wind farms. This isn't the far-off future of clean energy—it's what's happening right now in New York State. Join three New Yorkers as they explore the clean energy…


Looking for a job focused on climate solutions? Is your clean energy business or organization hiring? Explore our resources below and join the movement for green jobs!

The 2023 Energy & Environment Power 100

Many New Yorkers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about electricity and gas, at least until the lights go out or their rates shoot up. In New York’s political world, however, energy policy is…

Welcome to Offshore Wind Training New York

This website, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will introduce you to career pathways and training opportunities in the growing offshore wind industry to help jumpstart or further your…

New York voters approved $4.2 billion for climate infrastructure. Now what?

Good morning! This is Vanessa, the Climate 202 researcher, taking over today. We hope you have a restful weekend, especially if you — like us — were waiting for today’s public sale for Taylor Swift’s…

Building a Sustainable Future for All

Substantial investments are being made at all levels of government to spur a faster transition to a clean economy in the face of climate change. To meet this moment, the workforce needs to be prepared…

New York League of Conservation Voters

NYLCV is the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. We’re non-partisan, pragmatic and effective...

NYC launches climate dashboard

To highlight New York City’s progress toward meeting its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, the Comptroller’s Office has launched the NYC Climate Dashboard.

The 2022 Energy & Environment Power 100

The Hochul administration is advancing major renewable energy projects, including offshore wind developments, solar farms and transmission lines. The state budget boosted funding for climate change mitigation, mandated electric school buses and advanced a $4.2…

Act local and drive climate action now!

Only with a true community-wide effort will we meet our 2030 climate action goals. Have questions? Email and let’s change the world together!

New York Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

New York has become a national leader for solar energy generation. Recent data shows the state ranks 10th in the nation in solar energy and generates an impressive 2.5 percent of the nation’s solar power.…

New York State Profile and Energy Estimates

New York is the fourth most populous state in the nation and has the third-largest economy. New York City, in downstate New York, is the U.S. city with the largest population and has been in…

Governor Hochul Announces 11 New Certified Climate Smart Communities

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York State's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports local efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Considering an electric vehicle (EV)? Here are four reasons you should

There’s no denying that over the past several years the demand for electric vehicles (EV) has increased. In New York State, driving electric is a great opportunity for vehicle owners to make a positive environmental impact, lowering…

Advancing a Pro-Worker, Pro-Climate Agenda

We are a growing coalition of labor unions representing 2.6 million working men and women at the center of New York’s economy. We are committed to building a clean energy economy at the scale climate…

Climate Jobs New York (CJNY)

Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) is a growing coalition of labor unions representing 2.6 million working men and women at the center of New York’s economy. We are united around a shared goal of combating…

South Fork Wind

South Fork Wind brings unparalleled experience to Long Island. This offshore wind farm will be the first to connect in New York State and help the Town of East Hampton meet its 100% renewable energy…

Energy & Environment Power 100

As climate change poses a growing threat across the globe, New York has been mounting an increasingly aggressive response with measures to slash carbon emissions, invest in renewable power and boost energy efficiency across the…

Implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act: A Virtual Roundtable Series

States and municipalities are learning from each other in a series of stunning webinars focusing on specific solutions. Although designed to illuminate New York’s 2019 landmark climate law, they are fascinating for everyone, experts and…


Welcome to Power Trends 2020: The Vision for a Greener Grid,the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) annual state of the grid and markets report.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in New York

Between 2017 and 2019, New York experienced six severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in New York

New York state climate profile

REPORT: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Electric Vehicle Deployment in New York State

On July 16, 2020, New York’s Public Service Commission authorized utilities to fund a massive EV infrastructure program to incentivize charging stations. Recognizing that New York’s transportation sector is responsible for more of the State’s…

New York Can Lead World in Fighting Climate Change

New York State now has one of the strongest climate change laws in the world, and if we succeed in implementing it, the state will have demonstrated that it is possible to defeat what may…

New York’s Bottle Bill Returnable Container Act (RCA)

he New York State Returnable Container Act, also known as the "Bottle Bill", has been a tremendous success. Since its passage, the Bottle Bill has achieved significant impacts to create a cleaner and healthier New…


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA, promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and…

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Atlantic OCS Region

Responsible development of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) wind and wave energy resources is managed by the Office of Renewable Energy Programs. The Marine Mineral Program oversees the use of OCS non-energy sediment resources.…

Business Network for Offshore Wind

The offshore wind sector is expected to grow quickly over the next decade, boosted by a predicted $300 billion investment that will add an approximate 10GW to the nation’s current wind energy capacity.

New York State Offshore Wind

Offshore wind energy is poised to become a major source of affordable, renewable power for New York. As codified by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the State is supporting the development of 9,000…

Transforming Transportation in New York

Roadmaps to a Transportation Climate Target for 2035.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.


The coalition members of NY Renews hail from across the state and across constituencies. Labor unions, community groups, environmental organizations, faith communities, environmental justice advocates— the list goes on.

Governor Cuomo Announces Smart Street Lighting NY Program for all Municipalities Across the State

500,000 Street Lights to Be Converted to LED Technology by 2025 as Announced by Governor Cuomo in 2018 State of State

Green Tips: America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is coming up!  According to an EPA study, each American generates 4.4 pounds of waste every day. New Yorkers generate over 4.5 pounds of trash per day. While recycling can help reduce waste, recycling levels in the…

New York City Council Passes Coastal Resiliency Plan for East Side

NYLCV Pens Op-ed and Sends Letter of Support to City Council

Coalition for Community Solar Access

The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar to all American households and businesses through community solar. Community solar…

Vote Solar

Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to lower solar costs and expand solar access. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Vote Solar advocates for state policies and programs needed to repower our electric grid with clean…

The New York State Climate And Community Protection Act

The purpose of this bill is to enact the "New York State Climate and Community Protection Act" to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change in New York.

City of Ithaca Green New Deal

The Ithaca Green New Deal is a mission-oriented and collaborative approach to carbon neutrality by 2030. It represents a multi-year mobilization effort, aimed at altering the economy and enabling a new social contract, effectively redefining…

Governor Cuomo Executes the Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Agreement and Signs Historic Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by former Vice President Al Gore, today executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement and the single largest renewable energy procurement by any state in U.S. history - nearly 1,700 megawatts -with…

Alliance for Clean Energy New York and New York PSC Make Needed Improvements to the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Framework

The Clean Energy Parties, a coalition for clean energy industry associations, environmental organizations and advocates for solar worked with the State of New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) who issued on April 19, 2019 —…

Alliance for Clean Energy New York

The Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) is a broad coalition dedicated to promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, a healthy environment, and a strong economy for the Empire State, and is New York’s…

New York Solar Energy Industries Association

Founded in 1994, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) is the only statewide membership and trade association dedicated solely to advancing solar energy use in New York State. NYSEIA proudly represents hundreds of businesses…


Fighting climate change by cutting carbon pollution and expanding clean energy is the best way to build a better future for our children. NRDC is tackling the climate crisis at its source: pollution from fossil…

Pace Energy and Climate Center

For over 30 years, the Pace Energy and Climate Change Center has been a leader working at the intersection of energy and the environment. Pace engages government decision makers and key stakeholders with robust research…

New York State Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook

The Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook contains information, tools, and step-by-step instructions to support local governments managing battery energy storage system development in their communities. The Guidebook provides local officials in-depth details about the permitting…

The New York City Carbon Challenge

The NYC Carbon Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative and public-private partnership between the NYC Mayor’s Office and leaders in the private, institutional, and non-profit sectors who have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions…

Climate Smart Communities: State Support for Local Climate Action

Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Benefits include leadership recognition, free technical assistance, and…

REV Demo Projects

REV is driving New York's six investor-owned utilities to work with energy innovators to lower costs, test advanced technologies, and design new replicable business models through REV Demonstration Projects (REV Demo Projects).

Solar Energy Industry Association

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) is the driving force behind solar energy and is building a strong solar industry to power America through advocacy and education. As the national trade association in the U.S.,…

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

In New York and eight other Northeastern and Middle Atlantic states, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is promoting a clean-energy future with lower greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation and savings for electricity…


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

By Diana Digangi   11/21/23  
The 130-MW South Fork Wind wind farm offshore New York has installed its first turbine, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Monday.
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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…
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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.
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‘Superuser’ states devour climate grants as others get nothing

By Thomas Frank   11/13/23  
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…
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New York’s Offshore Wind Future Is Being Dragged Down By Its Past

By Matthew Zeitlin   10/27/23  
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…
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Long Island Politicians Claim Victory for Hochul Wind Power Veto

By Julia Rock   10/26/23  
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…
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State plans to shift more of its power supply to renewables reaches a key juncture

By Yancey Roy   10/22/23  
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…
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New York Advocates Respond to Industry Lawsuit Against All-Electric Building Act

By Nydia Gutierrez   10/12/23  
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,…
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Green Energy Builders Sought Billions More in Subsidies. New York Said No.

By Patrick McGeehan   10/12/23  
New York officials refused on Thursday to grant an additional $12 billion in subsidies to the developers of 90 renewable-energy projects, raising concerns about the state’s ability to cut its dependence on fossil fuels over…
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Empowered State

Electric planes. Towns powered by waterfalls. Offshore wind farms. This isn't the far-off future of clean energy—it's what's happening right now in New York State. Join three New Yorkers as they explore the clean energy…
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It’s Drive Electric Week! Incentives Abound for Your EV Purchase

By Ella Nielsen   09/22/23  
A federal tax credit is available for drivers purchasing new qualified EVs and FCVs. For vehicles purchased from 2023 to 2032 there is up to $7,500 available in credits. To qualify you must buy it…
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Hochul signs bill on access to geothermal heating, cooling systems

By Spectrum News Staff   09/21/23  
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation aimed to make it easier to access geothermal heating and cooling systems in order to help reach the goals of the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, her office…
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New York State law could protect Long Island wetlands after new Clean Water Act restrictions

By Tracy Tullis   09/07/23  
The Main Pond at Hoyt Farm in Commack in September. A Supreme Court ruling in May means the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer regulate smaller bodies of water across the nation
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Clean Hydrogen Innovation (PON 5500)

The NYSERDA Clean Hydrogen Innovation program focuses on accelerating innovative solutions in clean hydrogen to decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors and to support the transition to a resilient, zero-emission electric grid. Through this program, NYSERDA has up…
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The Gas Industry Is Gaslighting New York

The fossil oil and gas industry's massive relentless and worldwide campaign to stymie climate action targeting everyone from ordinary citizens to highest echelons of political and legislative powers
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New York must triple its renewable capacity in eight years to meet 2030 target: state comptroller

By Emma Penrod   08/02/23  
In order to procure 70% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030, New York must add 20 GW over the next eight years, according to an Aug. 1 report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
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Sustainable Farming in Upstate New York

By Peter Aronson   07/28/23  
If you are sitting behind a desk, typing on a computer (like I am), then Tianna Kennedy may make you jealous. An NYU grad, Kennedy is among a small but growing group of individuals who…
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Will New York meet its climate goals?

Northern wildfires blanket the five boroughs with dense plumes of acrid smoke. Flash flooding inundates the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, shutting down roads and railways. Scientists warn that heat waves will scorch communities…
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New York Has $1.1 Billion to Fight Flooding. Will It Be Enough?

By Hilary Howard   07/15/23  
For Franco Montalto, a flooding expert and engineer, decades of research were suddenly amplified by a real-life emergency in the Adirondacks, where he and his family were on vacation this week.
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When Climate Change Hits Home

By David Gelles   07/11/23  
Even if you’ve been paying attention to climate change, it can sometimes feel very far away, distant in both space and time. But on Sunday night, as I was writing my first edition of this…
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Torrents of rain raise river levels, fears across Vermont and other locations in New England

By Travis Andersen and Kevin Cullen   07/11/23  
As pummeling rains fell Monday afternoon for the second straight day, Kim Crowell stood in the garage of her home, watching the Winooski River rise inch by inch. The river had already overflowed its banks…
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Flooding Closes Roads and Threatens Towns Through Much of Vermont

By Liam Stack, Jesse McKinley and Kristin Chapman   07/10/23  
Torrential rainfall and widespread flooding wreaked havoc in the river valleys and mountain towns of Vermont and New York State on Monday, ravaging communities and drawing comparisons to the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene more…
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How will New York’s cap-and-invest program shape up?

By Rebecca C. Lewis   07/05/23  
In early May, New York joined the likes of California and Washington when lawmakers approved a measure in the state budget to create a cap-and-trade program. Recommended by the state Climate Action Council as a…
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A progressive take on New York Legislature’s climate goals

By Susan Arbetter   06/28/23  
Extreme heat continues across the American south this week while Canada experiences its worst wildfire season on record, also driven by extreme heat. According to Reuters, the searing heat is part of a global pattern…
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The Plan to Save New York From the Next Sandy Will Ruin the Waterfront. It Doesn’t Have To.

By Robert Yaro and Daniel Gutman   06/15/23  
Last September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled its proposal to protect the greater New York and New Jersey metro area from the next catastrophic flood. It is an epic plan that includes dozens…
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What Did NY State Lawmakers Do to Address Climate Change This Year?

By Mary Cunningham   06/14/23  
Albany wrapped its legislative session last week just as smoke from hundreds of wildfires in Canada made its way into New York. The crisis-levels of air pollution served as a stark reminder of the consequences…
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Wildfire haze adds to New York’s climate change planning needs

By Juanita Gordon   06/13/23  
Amidst an orange sky and air that smelled of campfire smoke, Amadou Sall offered Central Park carriage tours to those who passed by. While some people wore masks to protect against the unusual haze that…
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Chemical Industry Steps Up Lobbying as New York Weighs Major Waste Bill

By Colin Kinniburgh   06/08/23  
It’s been on New York’s agenda for well over a decade. And, once again, it’s coming down to a last-minute battle in the final days of the legislative session.
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Chemical Industry Steps Up Lobbying as New York Weighs Major Waste Bill

By Colin Kinniburgh   06/08/23  
It’s been on New York’s agenda for well over a decade. And, once again, it’s coming down to a last-minute battle in the final days of the legislative session. The proposal is to slash the…
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N95 Masks Helped Protect Against the Coronavirus. They Also Work Against Wildfire Smoke

By Claire Moses   06/07/23  
As smoke from wildfires in Canada drifts over large parts of the United States, the best thing to do to prevent breathing in pollutants on Wednesday is to stay indoors. For many people, of course,…
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Wildfire Smoke Smoky Air Disrupts Life in the Northeast

By Liam Stack and Others   06/07/23  
A plume of Canadian wildfire smoke rapidly darkened the skies over New York City and around the Northeast on Wednesday, making the air dangerous to breathe and disrupting life across the region.
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As Smoke Darkens the Sky, the Future Becomes Clear

By David Wallace-Wells   06/07/23  
My father, who died of lung cancer, used to say that as soon as people inhaled their first cigarette, they immediately knew, if they weren’t in denial, that they were harming themselves. I felt the…
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Climate change advocates hold out hope for bills as NY legislative session winds down

By Karen DeWitt   06/05/23  
With the legislative session set to end later this week, advocates are pressing for bills that they say will help reduce climate change over the next decade.
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Ithaca bets on heat pumps in mobile homes

By Siri Chilukuri   05/26/23  
Technically, Holly Hutchinson lives in Ithaca, New York, a university town in the Fingers Lakes region in the north-central part of the state. But she also lives at an important intersection between two national crises:…
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$10 Million Initiative Announced to Advance Clean Hydrogen Innovation

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a $10 million initiative to advance innovative clean hydrogen research, development and demonstration projects that address the challenge of replacing fossil fuel usage in hard-to-electrify sectors. This solicitation is open…
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New Buildings in NY to be Electric, But the Job is Not Done

By Lauren Urbanek   05/22/23  
New buildings in New York will soon be on a pathway toward zero carbon emissions, thanks to recent action by lawmakers in the state. The All-Electric Building Act, adopted as part of the Fiscal Year…
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‘An Unprecedented Commitment’: New State Budget Advances Several Major Climate Policies

By Samar Khurshid   05/04/23  
Climate activists are cheering New York’s $229 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year, which was approved Tuesday night, celebrating three major policy victories and a series of additional funding allocations. The changes, seen as…
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N.Y. ditches gas stoves, fossil fuels in new buildings in first statewide ban in U.S.

By Anna Phillips   05/03/23  
New York has become the first state in the nation to pass a law banning natural gas and other fossil fuels in most new buildings, a move that could help reshape how Americans heat and…
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Will the Chesapeake Bay Become a Dead Zone?

By Duy Linh Tu and Sebastian Tuinder   05/03/23  
The country’s largest estuary is under critical threat from pollution and climate change. The question is: Can it be saved? In the 4,500-square-mile Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment…
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New York becomes the first state to ban natural gas stoves and furnaces in most new buildings

By Rachel Ramirez and Ella Nilsen   05/03/23  
New York is the first state in the country to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in most new buildings – a major win for climate advocates, but a move that could spark pushback…
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Enacted SFY 2023-24 Budget Includes Provisions to Reduce New York State’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Speaker Carl Heastie and Energy Committee Chair Didi Barrett today announced that the Enacted State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023-24 Budget includes provisions to phase out the use of fossil fuels in new buildings and invest…
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Insight Weekly: Utilities face headwinds; S&P 500 dividend hikes likely; dollar poised for rally

By Sarah Cottle   05/02/23  
In this edition of Insight Weekly, we take a close look at the earnings forecasts for global utilities in the first quarter of 2023. Analysts expect few US multi-utilities to report year-over-year earnings growth as…
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New York poised to pass first statewide law banning natural gas in new buildings

By Emma Newburger   05/02/23  
New York is poised to become the first state in the country to pass a law banning fossil fuel combustion in most new buildings, getting rid of gas stoves, furnaces and propane heating in favor…
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New York set to pass first statewide law banning gas in new construction

By Anna Phillips   04/27/23  
New York is on the cusp of becoming the first state in the nation to pass a law banning natural gas in most new buildings, according to a handshake agreement that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D)…
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Governor Hochul Announces 19 New Certified Climate Smart Communities

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York State's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports local efforts to meet the economic, social, and environmental challenges…
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Editorial: Greening the state Capitol

Let's be honest: The year 2040 is basically tomorrow. That’s when, per the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, all electricity generated in New York state must be from renewable sources. A kid born today…
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Environmentalists alarmed by push to ‘undermine’ New York’s climate law

By Marie J. French   04/02/23  
The proposal has support from the fossil fuel industry and would likely enable more combustion of natural gas and other fuels for longer than currently envisioned under New York’s climate law in a plan approved…
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Amid New York climate battle, here’s how opposing natural gas, electric grid plans would affect you

By Caitlin Dewey and Matt Glynn   04/01/23  
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ambitious plans to transition the state economy from fossil fuels to electricity have divided New Yorkers, spurred misinformation – and set up major budget battles in the State Senate and Assembly.
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Cap-and-no-trade: Emissions cap policy faces budget fight in N.Y.

By Marie J. French   03/29/23  
The state's leading business group has expressed support for cap and trade to achieve the state’s climate mandates.
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New York State Department of Agriculture announces climate change grants for farmers

By Josh McMullen   03/28/23  
The New York State Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday, March 28, the opportunity for two different grants for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Resilient Farming grant program helps farms reduce their…
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