New York

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: stephanie.doba@gmail.com.

CURRENT NEWS

NYPA, LS Power transmission proposal could move up to 8 GW of offshore wind to NYC

By Robert Walton 06/24/24
The New York Power Authority and an LS Power affiliate on June 17 submitted joint proposals to the New York Independent System Operator for the Five Boro Energy Connect, a set of transmission upgrades that…
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BOEM clears Sunrise Wind project offshore New York to begin construction

By Diana DiGangi 06/24/24
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved the construction and operations plan for the Sunrise Wind project, a proposed 924-MW offshore wind facility that will deliver energy to New York once completed, BOEM announced…
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New York’s congestion pricing fiasco

By David Roberts 06/21/24
New York City was on the cusp of (finally) implementing a congestion pricing program when Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier this month that it would be “indefinitely delayed.” In this episode, NY State Sen. Liz…
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Vermont and New York Climate Acts are First in a Wave of Likely Climate Change Cost Recovery Laws

06/20/24
On May 30, 2024, Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, allowed Vermont’s S 259 — also referred to as the “Climate Superfund Act” — to become law without his signature. The stated goal of this law…
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NY Assembly Passes Climate Change Superfund Act

06/08/24
Late last night, after a swell of grassroots pressure, the New York State Assembly passed the Climate Change Superfund Act by a vote of 95-46, to make fossil fuel polluters pay for costs associated with…
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NY Gov. Hochul ‘Must Sign’ Climate Change Superfund Act

By Jessica Corbett 06/08/24
After what New Yorkers and environmental campaigners called a "betrayal" by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week, the Democrat is now under pressure to sign the Climate Change Superfund Act, which state legislators finally passed…
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New York Should Lead the Way on Congestion Pricing, Not Delay It

By The Editorial Board 06/07/24
Eighteen days ago, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York stood before an audience of world economic leaders in Ireland and promised to transform mobility in New York City with a first-in-the-nation congestion-pricing system. The concept,…
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Offshore Wind New York State

06/07/24
Today, Governor Hochul announced that New York has finalized new contracts with two offshore wind projects as the result of the State's fourth offshore wind solicitation: Empire Wind 1, a planned 810-megawatt project (developed by…
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Betrayal

By Bill McKibben 06/06/24
I had another piece planned for today, and I will get back to it soon—it will deliver a certain amount of good news. But events intervened. I try not to write out of anger, but…
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Kathy Hochul’s Climate Betrayal

By Robinson Meyer 06/05/24
If it holds, then Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision today to delay congestion pricing indefinitely in New York will be a generational setback for climate policy in the United States. It is one of the worst…
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Electric Yard Equipment Buyer’s Guide

05/24/24
Whether mowing the lawn, taking care of leaves, or clearing a path in the snow, yard work is a year-round chore for many New Yorkers. The outdoor power equipment – lawn mowers, leaf blowers, snow…
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The Floating Future of Offshore Wind

By Devin Callahan 05/06/24
The federal government recently took a major step towards clean energy when it announced its five-year leasing schedule for up to 12 potential offshore wind projects. Offshore wind development is crucial to New York meeting…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Introduction to Climate Change

03/18/24
Understanding climate change begins with understanding the difference between weather and climate. Weather refers to atmospheric conditions that occur locally over a short period of time, such as rain, snow, clouds, or wind. Climate, however,…

New York’s prime farmland under threat by solar development boom, lawmakers warn

03/02/24
There’s growing fear that the rush toward renewable energy is taking more of New York State’s prime farmland out of production. On Thursday, several state lawmakers and local officials gathered at Salisbury Farm in Sharon…

Offshore wind costs double for consumers as New York keeps early projects on track

02/29/24
The cost to consumers of two offshore wind projects expected to support New York’s climate goals has more than doubled, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday. NYSERDA announced awards for the early projects that developers…

New York hopes offshore wind back on track after Orsted and Equinor’s Round 4 reset

02/29/24
New York State in its rapid Round 4 offshore wind tender that closed today (Thursday) awarded 1.7GW in two projects by Equinor and an Orsted-Eversource joint venture (JV) that will see ratepayers ante up far…

New York delivers on offshore wind with shovel-ready Empire Wind 1

02/29/24
Equinor’s Empire Wind 1 has been selected in New York’s fourth offshore wind solicitation (NY4), a major step toward developing a project that can provide renewable power to more than half a million New York…

New York approves 2 offshore wind projects totaling 1.7 GW

02/29/24
New York State has conditionally awarded two offshore wind projects from its fourth offshore wind solicitation – an 810-MW project, Empire Wind 1 (developed by Equinor), and Sunrise Wind, a 924-MW project (developed by Ørsted…

New York picks struggling projects in latest offshore wind round

02/29/24
In a step toward keeping the state’s offshore wind ambitions afloat, New York on Thursday awarded two struggling offshore wind projects new contract rights. The move is expected to help the offshore wind developments off…

Why New York’s ambitious climate goals are drifting away

02/07/24
New York has long pushed to rely on 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. It’s clear now the state is no longer on track — derailed by growing costs, canceled projects and regulators’ refusal to…

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.

New York drafts guidance for meeting renewable energy goals in disadvantaged communities

01/03/24
The New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released proposed guidance for clean energy investments in the state, with the stipulation that a…

Dual-use solar makes best use of renewable energy, farmland

12/12/23
New York is looking at different ways to make use of where to place solar panels. The practice of dual-use solar uses solar panels in a variety of forms, ranging from shade canopies for cars…

NY makes investment in renewable energy, with projects set to power 2.5 million homes

10/25/23
New York is making the largest state investment in renewable energy in American history. The investment will include 25 renewable energy projects across the state that will be able to power over 2.5 million homes…

The Billion-Dollar Debate Splitting New York’s Renewable Energy Industry

09/20/23
It’s been the fight of the summer in renewable energy world. Will states shell out more cash to solar and wind developers who won contracts before pandemic-related inflation slammed their projects? Trade groups for the…

California and New York Could Miss Their 2030 Climate Targets. Could Permitting Reform Help?

08/04/23
California and New York, two national leaders in the effort to curb global warming, could both miss key 2030 climate targets, according to state officials. It’s a sign that even the states most aggressively pursuing…

Leading New York’s Clean Energy Transition

07/17/23
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

06/20/23
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

06/19/23
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

06/19/23
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?

06/14/23
“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

06/14/23
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

06/05/23
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

06/02/23
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

05/22/23
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

05/19/23
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…
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NYC skyscrapers turning to carbon capture to lessen climate change

05/15/23
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

05/09/23
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

05/05/23
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

05/04/23
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

05/03/23
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

05/03/23
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

04/25/23
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

04/18/23
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

03/26/23
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

03/21/23
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

03/20/23
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

03/10/23
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

03/09/23
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.
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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

03/01/23
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

03/01/23
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

02/16/23
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

02/10/23
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

02/09/23
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

01/31/23
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

01/30/23
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

01/26/23
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

01/19/23
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

01/17/23
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

01/13/23
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

01/12/23
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

01/10/23
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

12/30/22
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

12/29/22
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

12/19/22
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

12/09/22
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

06/30/22
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

06/02/22
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.

04/22/22
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

03/16/22
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

03/08/22
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

02/18/22
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

02/16/22
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

01/19/22
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

01/12/22
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

01/12/22
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

01/06/22
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

12/21/21
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

12/16/21
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

12/14/21
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

11/01/21
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

09/29/21
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

09/22/21
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

09/20/21
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

09/17/21
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

05/12/21
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

03/26/21
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

01/13/21
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

10/01/20
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

08/30/20
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

04/01/19
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…

KEY RESOURCES

Exploring New York’s Grid Capacity: Building Electrification

07/10/24
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), passed in 2019, requires New York to achieve 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040 and reduce emissions by at least 85% by 2050. With buildings emitting 32% of…

Updated IRA EV Tax Credits Explained

01/31/24
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?

10/03/23
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…

CLEAN ENERGY CAREERS NY

04/27/23
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

04/17/23
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

03/29/23
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?

11/18/22
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

09/19/22
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

06/16/22
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

04/20/22
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

04/18/22
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!

03/07/22
Only with a true community-wide effort will we meet our 2030 climate action goals. Have questions? Email info@bedford2030.org and let’s change the world together!

New York Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
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

10/08/21
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

09/25/21
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

09/10/21
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

07/21/21
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

05/06/21
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)

04/07/21
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

02/03/21
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

02/01/21
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

01/18/21
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…

THE NEW YORK ISO ANNUAL GRID & MARKETS REPORT

10/08/20
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

10/06/20
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

10/06/20
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

09/19/20
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

08/06/20
New York state climate profile

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

07/21/20
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

04/23/20
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)

04/20/20
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…

NYSERDA

04/20/20
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

03/05/20
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

03/05/20
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

03/05/20
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

02/20/20
Roadmaps to a Transportation Climate Target for 2035.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

02/12/20
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.

OUR COALITION

02/10/20
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

02/10/20
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

01/17/20
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

11/16/19
NYLCV Pens Op-ed and Sends Letter of Support to City Council

Coalition for Community Solar Access

07/08/19
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

07/04/19
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

12/19/19
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

01/31/22
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

07/18/19
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

07/08/19
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

07/08/19
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

07/08/19
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…

NRDC

07/08/19
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

07/08/19
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

04/24/19
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

04/24/19
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

04/24/19
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

04/24/19
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

12/15/18
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)

02/15/17
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…

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Post-Budget Legislative Session Kicks Into Gear

By Peter Aronson   04/29/24  
Now that New York State has passed its FY25 budget, the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) has established essential legislative, spending and implementation goals to ensure the continued reduction of greenhouse gas emissions…
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How N.Y can save money and energy

By Liz Krueger   04/27/24  
When the dust settled on the passage of the state budget last week, two critical initiatives were left on the negotiating table that together would have saved New Yorkers billions of dollars every year: the…
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Some Gains, Many Losses: What Went Wrong for Climate in This Year’s State Budget

By Mariana Simoes   04/25/24  
“We are outraged,” said Rami Dinnawi, a steering committee member of the climate coalition New York Renews. “To see a budget come out that fails to address any of the urgent policies related to climate…
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Assembly Spikes Biggest Climate Proposal in New York Budget

By Julia Rock and Colin Kinniburgh   04/19/24  
State Assembly leadership this week rejected efforts to include a landmark gas transition proposal in the state budget — despite the fact that the chamber has a supermajority of Democrats sponsoring the legislation and few…
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Major offshore wind projects in New York canceled in latest blow to industry

By Marie J. French   04/19/24  
New York’s signature offshore wind projects meant to boost confidence in the industry are being scrapped, a major hit to the industry in the state and the nation.
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Assembly Forces New Yorkers to Choose Between Eating and Heating

04/19/24  
The New York Assembly, with blatant disregard for the people and the planet, has blocked the NY HEAT Act from inclusion in this year’s budget bill. Ten years after New York passed a fracking moratorium…
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Indian Point owner sues NY to overturn law banning radiological water in Hudson River

By Thomas C. Zambito   04/18/24  
The owners of the shuttered Indian Point nuclear power plant sued the state of New York today, claiming a law banning the discharge of radiological water into the Hudson River is a “blatant infringement” of…
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Alternative energy advocates battle National Fuel over NY HEAT Act

By Ryan Whalen   04/11/24  
Groups advocating for New York's transition to alternative energy sources are fighting back against what they say is National Fuel's outsized lobbying influence as state lawmakers consider legislation placing more restrictions and limitations on the…
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A Climate Superfund Law Might Be Crazy Enough to Work

By Emily Pontecorvo   03/29/24  
Dozens of cities and states have tried to sue the oil industry for damages related to climate change over the past several years, and so far, none of these cases has been successful. In fact,…
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New York State Legislature Votes to Ban CO2 Fracking, Closing a Decade-Old Loophole in State Law

By Keerti Gopal   03/22/24  
New York State lawmakers voted Wednesday to pass a bill prohibiting carbon dioxide fracking, expanding the state’s decade-old fracking ban.
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National Grid announces $4B plan to upgrade upstate New York power grid

By Patrick Cooley   03/21/24  
National Grid, which serves Massachusetts and New York State, said Wednesday it is investing $4 billion to upgrade upstate New York’s power grid.
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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind, First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

03/14/24  
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed…
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OE

New York’s Empire Wind 1 Gets Federal Green Light for Grid Connection

03/13/24  
Equinor has received an approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to connect the Empire Wind 1 offshore wind project directly into the New York City’s transmission system.
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Why the oil and chemical lobby is taking aim at New York’s plastic waste bill

By Emily Sanders   03/05/24  
Last week at the New York State Capitol, more than 300 advocates joined lawmakers for a rally to urge the passage of a landmark waste reduction bill that proponents say is the best piece of…
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A Firm Planning a Drilling Spree in New York’s Southern Tier Goes Silent as Lawmakers Seek to Ban Use of CO2 in Quest for Gas

By Peter Mantius   03/01/24  
The scientists and activists that pushed New York State to ban high-volume hydrofracking are working overtime against a speculative plan to inject carbon dioxide rather than water into Southern Tier shale formations to extract natural…
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Governor Hochul Announces Two Offshore Wind Project Awards, to Deliver Clean Power in 2026

02/29/24  
Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind Will Foster More Than 800 Near-term, Family-Sustaining Jobs
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The farming conundrum

By Manuela Andreoni   02/29/24  
Two news stories this week — one that made headlines, and one that got less attention — point to the fiendish difficulty of reinventing agriculture to reduce its heavy toll on the climate. The first…
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Comptroller Tom DiNapoli cuts NY pension investment in more oil, gas stocks to combat global warming

By Michael Gormley   02/24/24  
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is cutting the state pension fund’s direct investments in eight more oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, as part of his plan to combat global warming through Wall Street. DiNapoli argues…
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NY students would be forced to learn about climate change under proposed bill

By Kristina Watrobski   02/23/24  
Proposed legislation in New York State would require all K-12 public school students to receive instruction on climate change. The bill, dubbed A00851, was introduced by Asm. Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, in January 2023. It currently…
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Interior advances major NY offshore wind project

By Heather Richards   02/23/24  
The Biden administration approved a New York offshore wind project Thursday that could power more than 1 million homes in the state if the developer also wins a state contract to pay for the electricity.…
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New York lobbyists ‘aiding and abetting’ climate crisis, research reveals

By Ava Sasani   02/19/24  
New research reveals that dozens of New York universities, hospitals, museums and non-profits are employing lobbyists that also work for fossil fuel companies, which some say is blatantly “aiding and abetting” the climate crisis. New…
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We’re turning the tide on offshore wind in New York

By Fred Zalcman   02/12/24  
Alarming weather patterns, damaging coastal flooding, thickening smoke-filled skies, and fluctuating energy costs are clear reminders we must stay steadfast in our transition to clean energy, including offshore wind. But, a perfect storm creating financial…
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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

01/31/24  
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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Critical Infrastructure Is Sinking Along the US East Coast

By Matt Simon   01/05/24  
Unless you’re sinking into quicksand, you might assume that the land beneath your feet is solid and unmoving. In actual fact, your part of the world may well be undergoing “subsidence,” which is where the…
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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

12/15/23  
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

12/07/23  
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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NPR

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

12/07/23  
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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Lawmakers want oil companies to pay for New York climate projects

By Dan Rivoli   11/29/23  
Environmental advocates rallied in support of state legislation that would make big oil companies pay for climate change projects in New York. “The climate damages are too staggering, the costs are too enormous. too much…
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Governor Hochul Announces $100 Million in Environmental Bond Act Funding Now Available for Zero-Emission School Buses

11/29/23  
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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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

11/15/23  
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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CNN

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

11/14/23  
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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As New Yorkers face billions in climate change costs, some want oil companies to chip in

By Briana Supardi   09/30/23  
Millions of New Yorkers are feeling the wrath of mother nature. Epic rainfall caused mass flooding in New York City and surrounding areas on Friday– exposing how easily existing infrastructure can give way as extreme…
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Empowered State

09/25/23  
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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