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:


Welcome to Offshore Wind Training New York

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N.Y. lawmakers near first gas ban for new buildings

By David Iaconangelo 03/16/23
New York's Legislature could soon become the first in the country to ban natural gas in new buildings.
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Taking Deep Breaths While Slowly Deploying a Community Microgrid in Schenectady, N.Y.

By Lisa Cohn 03/10/23
For 15 years, Philip Morris has been working to deploy a community microgrid for downtown Schenectady, N.Y. With $8.5 million in funding from the state, he is about to reach his goal.
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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
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Why the New York Area Is Seeing an Explosive Growth in Electric Cars

By Robin Shulman Agüeros 03/05/23
On weekdays, John Sibley motors down NY-17 from his home north of New York City, eventually crossing the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan and lurching through stop-and-go traffic to his job near Times Square. The…
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Fossil fuel industry poll found New Yorkers support gas ban in new buildings

By Kristoffer Tigue 03/03/23
As New York considers prohibiting natural gas in new construction, a survey commissioned by oil and gas companies found 57 percent of state residents support the measure.
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New York’s Wind Power Future Is Taking Shape. In Rhode Island.

By Patrick McGeehan 02/22/23
When Gov. Kathy Hochul laid out her plan for accelerating the development of New York’s offshore wind industry a year ago, she promised thousands of jobs for state residents.
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Governor Announces Over $40 M Investment in Infrastructure, Including First NY Drinking Water Project Funded by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $40.3 million in financial assistance for water infrastructure improvement projects, including the first drinking water project in New York State to receive infrastructure funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in…
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3 issues may determine N.Y.’s clean energy future

By David Laconangelo 02/07/23
New York is embarking on a critical year for the implementation of its landmark climate law, which could have a ripple effect on the U.S. energy sector and set a precedent for other states.
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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.
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New York Lawmakers Want Superfund and $10B for Climate

By Raga Justin 01/20/23
Nearly four years ago, New York committed itself to what lawmakers billed as the most progressive — and aggressive — climate plan in the country. It requires the state to transition away from most of…
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Governor Hochul Announces Approval of Siting Permits for Three Major Solar Energy Facilities

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Office of Renewable Energy issued three siting permits that will deliver enough clean energy to power over 69,000 New York homes for at least 20 years.…
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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Overview of New York’s environmental victories of 2022

By Isabel Friedman and Rich Schrader 01/17/23
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N.Y. Gov. Hochul proposes ban on new gas hookups, to fight climate change

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

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

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Monroe County, Rochester to receive millions to combat climate change

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

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

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

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Electric Vehicle Legislative Review 2022

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

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

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New York Moves Closer to Building Electrification in State Budget

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

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

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

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Contracts for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind Projects are Finalized

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

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

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

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How Politics Are Determining What Stove You Use

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Albany Environmental Roundup: 2021 Victories and 2022 Agenda

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

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Proposal would boost National Grid monthly bills

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

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

By Dan Clark 09/21/21
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Climate Week: Major Green Energy Infrastructure Projects to Power New York City with new Wind, Solar and Hydropower

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State Parks adding solar energy project to Niagara Falls State Park

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

By Robin Whitlock 09/16/21
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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…


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

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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…


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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Atlantic OCS Region

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Business Network for Offshore Wind

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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

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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

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Green Tips: America Recycles Day

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New York City Council Passes Coastal Resiliency Plan for East Side

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Coalition for Community Solar Access

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Vote Solar

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The New York State Climate And Community Protection Act

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City of Ithaca Green New Deal

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

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

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Alliance for Clean Energy New York

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New York Solar Energy Industries Association

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Pace Energy and Climate Center

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New York State Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook

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The New York City Carbon Challenge

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Climate Smart Communities: State Support for Local Climate Action

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REV Demo Projects

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Solar Energy Industry Association

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

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Court upholds dismissal of New York City lawsuit against oil companies

By Zack Budryk   04/01/21  
A U.S. circuit court on Thursday upheld a district court's decision to dismiss a New York City lawsuit seeking damages for climate change from five multinational oil firms. In its decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit…
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Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis   03/30/21  
The White House on Monday detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in…
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Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, and Trustees Announce Pension Funds More than Double Climate Change Solutions Investments to Over $6 Billion

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and other trustees of the City’s pension funds today announced the Funds will more than double investments in climate change solutions to over $6 billion. This surpasses the goal set in September 2018…
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NYC’s purchase of school buses should supercharge transition to electric fleet: advocates

By Michael Elsen-Rooney   03/22/21  
The city’s purchase of hundreds of yellow buses could jump-start what has been a slow effort to add electric vehicles to the diesel-guzzling school-bus fleet, advocates argue in a new report.
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Westchester Village Certified As Climate Smart Community

By Lanning Tallaferro   03/05/21  
The village of Irvington just earned certification as part of New York's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports municipal efforts to build resilience to extreme weather and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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New York issues final rules to speed development of large renewable energy projects

By Robert Walton   03/04/21  
The New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting has published final rules governing how it will issue permits for major renewable energy projects. The framework sets standard operating conditions, streamlines the development process, and…
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2021 NYC Environmental Candidate School Recap

Throughout the month of February, we held a series of environmental candidate schools for those running for elected office in New York City.  
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New York approves utility revenue sharing for battery storage systems

By Leslie Nemo   01/29/21  
New York's six major investor-owned (IOU) utilities received approval from the Public Service Commission (PSC) last week for tariff changes that will take effect Feb. 1 and accommodate battery systems across the state.
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NY Expands Offshore Wind Projects, Bringing Wind Hub To Brooklyn

By Sydney Pereira   01/17/21  
Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to vastly expand offshore wind farms along Long Island, a move expected to create 2,600 jobs across the state. Along with the new turbines, the project will launch manufacturing and assembly…
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New York to build nation’s largest offshore wind program to bolster green economy

By Robert Walton   01/15/21  
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Equinor contracts on Wednesday, as part of the rollout of his 2021 agenda. He said the state's green energy program is expected to ultimately supply 12,400 MW while supporting more…
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NYC Mayoral Front-Runner, Embracing Climate Activists’ Demands, Vows To Ban Fossil Fuels

By Alexander C. Kaufman   01/10/21  
Scott Stringer is leaning into the Green New Deal to consolidate support among the Big Apple’s political left.  The 34-page proposal Stringer laid out Sunday would transform the five boroughs, glazing the rooftops with solar…
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Scenic Hudson: Move On From Fossil Fuels

By Ned Sullivan   01/08/21  
Governor Andrew Cuomo has worked hard over the last four years to stop oil and gas infrastructure projects, while the Trump administration promoted pipelines and gutted federal laws aimed at curbing climate change. Now, with…
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Cornell University to Extract Energy From Manure to Heat the Campus

By American Institute of Physics   01/08/21  
University considers proposal to convert cattle manure to methane and use it in combination with geothermal energy to heat the campus all winter.Cornell University is developing a system to extract energy from cattle manure to…
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Albany Must Keep Up Climate & Environmental Wins in 2021

By Rich Schrader   01/07/21  
Taking stock of 2020 isn’t easy—most of it shrouded by a sense of collective grief. And yet, as if in an act of defiance against the maelstrom, the world continued to rotate, activists marched in…
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Eco Talk: How climate change is affecting local farms

By Judy Wright   01/07/21  
As the global climate continues to warm, farmers worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about the challenges they are facing. You may recall from a previous column that we described climate as the accumulated weather over…
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Binghamton University Researchers Receive $2.6M Grant for Solar Energy

By Valerie Puma   01/06/21  
A team of Binghamton University researchers have been selected to receive a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop reliable solar power using power grids.
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States & Cities Are Driving Climate & Clean Energy Progress

By Kit Kennedy   01/06/21  
And despite the continual crises and President Trump’s desperate efforts to turn back the clock on climate and clean energy in the United States, states, cities, and communities continued to demand and lead the fight…
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EPRI to Use Grant to Help New York State Reach Zero-Emission Electricity by 2040

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with Schneider Electric, General Electric, and Smarter Grid Solutions, has received a $2.2 million award to develop a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to mitigate potential issues…
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PSC expands ‘New York Clean Transportation Prizes’ to combat climate change

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) granted a request that projects located anywhere in New York State, regardless of whether those communities are directly served by investor-owned utilities, may be eligible to be…
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Tesla Model Y Makes Its Debut As A Police Car In New York

By Sahil Gupta   12/28/20  
Tesla's Model Y has finally made its debut as a police car. It has been commissioned by the Hastings-On-Hudson Police Department, Westchester, County, New York. While the Model 3 has already been equipped as a…
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State’s first wind farm in Madison County celebrates 20th anniversary

New York state and local leaders are marking the 20th anniversary of EDP Renewables North America’s Madison Wind Farm — the first wind farm in New York. Located in the Madison County town of Madison,…
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New York to host 100 MW/400 MWh battery

By Jean Haggerty   12/21/20  
Con Edison and solar specialist 174 Power Global have announced plans to place one of the largest battery projects in New York state at an industrial location within sight of Manhattan’s skyscrapers.
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$2.2 Million Grant Will Be Used to Develop Distributed Energy Resource Management System in NY

By Emily Holbrook   12/18/20  
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with Schneider Electric, General Electric, and Smarter Grid Solutions, received a $2.2 million award to develop a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to mitigate potential issues caused…
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NYS can achieve 2050 carbon goals with Earth’s help

By Blaine Friedlander   12/17/20  
By delving into scientific, technological, environmental and economic data, Cornell Engineering researchers have examined whether New York could achieve a statewide carbon-free economy by 2050.
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New York State’s Largest Solar Power Canopy Storage System at JFK Airport Authorized to Begin Development

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized the development, construction and operation of New York State’s largest onsite solar plus storage system at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The JFK solar installation will create a…
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Governor Cuomo Announces Regulations to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now Finalized

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the finalization of regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide and implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. As the first regulatory requirement of the Climate Act, the…
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New York Announces Plan to Divest From Oil And Gas

By Alexander C. Kaufman   12/11/20  
New York State has announced plans to eject oil and gas stocks from its $226 billion financial portfolio, becoming the first U.S. state and the biggest pension fund anywhere to divest from fossil fuels.
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New York Power Authority’s plan for 70% renewable energy by 2030 approved

By Andy Colthorpe   12/11/20  
A new strategic plan putting the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 - five years earlier than the target set out in the US state’s policy goals…
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NYPA Approves Clean Energy Roadmap for Next Decade

The New York Power Authority's (NYPA's) board of trustees recently approved a new strategic plan, VISION2030, which provides a roadmap for transforming the state's energy infrastructure to a clean, reliable, resilient, and affordable system over…
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New York Power Authority plans to enable 325 MW of distributed and customer-sited solar by 2025

By Kelsey Misbrener   12/10/20  
The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees yesterday approved a new strategic plan, VISION2030, which provides a roadmap for transforming the state’s energy infrastructure to a clean, reliable, resilient and affordable system over…
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N.Y. Power Authority Approves New Strategic Plan to Provide Clean Energy Roadmap for Next Decade

The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Board of Trustees yesterday approved a new strategic plan, VISION2030, which provides a roadmap for transforming the state’s energy infrastructure to a clean, reliable, resilient and affordable system over…
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Governor Cuomo Announces New York Power Authority’s Economic Development Awards Supporting More than 620 Jobs Across the State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Power Authority's Board of Trustees has approved 11 economic development awards which will support more than 620 jobs across the state and spur more than $127…
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New York State Pension Fund Sets 2040 Goal of Net Zero Carbon Emissions

By Timothy Gardner and Sohini Podder   12/09/20  
The New York state pension fund on Wednesday committed to help curb climate change by transitioning its investments to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, making it the first U.S. pension fund to set the goal by that date.
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New York and New England Need More Clean Energy. Is Hydropower From Canada the Best Way to Get it?

By Ilana Cohen   10/04/20  
Two massive projects, requiring hundreds of miles of transmission lines, have left Indigenous communities in Canada, and some U.S. activists, up in arms.
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From the Conservation Chair: Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Our Safe Climate Future

By Ellen Cardone Banks   09/28/20  
The Atlantic Chapter celebrates the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed by the New York State Legislature in 2019 and signed by Governor Cuomo, followed by the Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit…
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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New York’s Hydropower Plan Stirs Concerns Over Impact on Waterways

By Danielle Cruz   08/12/20  
But NYC needs power to replace Indian Point’s nuclear energy without resorting to new fossil-fuel usage.
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New York investor-owned utilities to fund $701M make-ready EV infrastructure program

By Robert Walton   07/21/20  
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday authorized investor-owned utilities to collect up to $701 million from customers to fund a new electric vehicle infrastructure program that will incentivize development of thousands of public charging locations.
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New York prevails in challenge to EPA over cross-border air pollution

By Sebastien Malo   07/15/20  
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must review a petition by New York state, New York City and New Jersey contending that nine upwind states emit excessive amounts…
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NRDC Sues FERC Over Orders that Threaten NY Clean Energy

By Christopher Casey   06/30/20  
NRDC is suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in federal court to overturn two FERC orders that thwart New York’s development of clean energy: an order targeting storage and an order targeting demand response resources.
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‘Put up or shut up’: New York forges ahead with statewide environmental justice measures

By Rachel Ramirez   06/25/20  
The Empire State announced a slate of grants totaling more than $10.6 million to help underserved residents access affordable solar energy....
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New York Negates All Wind & Solar Deployed Statewide by Closing Indian Point Reactor 2.

By Dietmar Detering   06/08/20  
Last July, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA requires that 100% of New York’s electricity be carbon free by 2040, with the aim of economy-wide…
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Cuomo Calls for Canada-to-NYC Power Line to Deliver Clean Energy

By Will Wade   05/26/20  
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for new power lines from upstate and Canada to reinvigorate the state’s ravaged economy and promote clean energy.
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The Williams fracked gas pipeline in New York has been stopped!

By Richard Brooks   05/15/20  
We did it!  Another pipeline has just been defeated, thanks to people power. After years of campaigning, the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) announced their denial with prejudice of the key water…
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New York Can Lead World in Fighting Climate Change

By Michael B. Gerrard   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…
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From rust to resilience: What climate change means for Great Lakes cities

By Kari Lydersen   04/21/20  
Even as Great Lakes cities cope with economic turbulence, climate change brings new challenges and opportunities. ...
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Is Cuomo Serious About Addressing Climate Change? Indian Point Decision Says No

By Leonard Rodberg & Herschel Specter   03/02/20  
Governor Andrew Cuomo claims that New York is a leader in addressing the dangers of climate change. So far, the facts fail to support this.
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After Trump Mocks a Sea Wall in New York, Plan Is Abruptly Shelved

By Anne Barnard   02/25/20  
In an unexpected move, the federal government halted a project that might have led to a multibillion-dollar barrier to protect the region from flooding.
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