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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

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…
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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
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…
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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

02/09/23
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

01/09/23
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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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

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

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…

MORE NEWS

Meet the New Yorker writing the Democrats’ climate bill

George Cahlink   02/25/20  
If you want to understand how New York Democrat Paul Tonko approaches politics, it's worth looking at his hands-on role in building a pedestrian bridge here in his hometown.
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FERC Decisions Could Undermine Renewables and Energy Storage in New York Capacity Markets

By JEFF ST. JOHN   02/21/20  
The two-Republican majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued another set of decisions that will aid fossil-fuel power plants at the expense of renewable energy and energy storage — this time in New…
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NY’s plastic bag ban is coming: Here’s what to know about the stores, the charges and the changes

By Sarah Taddeo and Chad Arnold   02/14/20  
As New York’s single-use plastic bag ban takes effect in grocery stores across the state, smaller convenience and retail locations are gearing up for a huge hit to their bottom lines — and a habit…
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Recap: Low Carbon Fuel Standard Policy Forum

By Angela Hotaling   02/06/20  
On January 29th, the New York League of Conservation Voters and the Clean Fuels NY coalition hosted a forum on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)—a proposed state policy that would help reduce greenhouse gas…
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Making Yellow School Buses a Little More Green

By Ellen Rosen   01/22/20  
Just ask any parent — yellow school buses, with their classic look, signature smell and rumbling sound, remain largely unchanged from decades past. But with advances in technology, those old buses are beginning to reach…
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How a Low Carbon Fuel Standard Can Help New York

By Patrick McClellan   01/16/20  
Last year, New York State established the most ambitious climate goals in the country, including net-zero emissions by 2050. This means that in the transportation sector, which is New York’s leading source of greenhouse gas…
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Cuomo to National Grid: Prepare to have your state license revoked

By Larry Rulison   11/12/19  
In two weeks the state will begin the formal process of revoking National Grid's license to operate its downstate natural gas system, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
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Governor Cuomo Announces Finalized Contracts for Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind Offshore Wind Projects to Deliver Nearly 1,700 Megawatts of Clean and Affordable Renewable Energy to New Yorkers

10/23/19  
Three companies submitted proposals on Friday for the state’s second offshore wind procurement, an indication that a last-minute budgetary maneuver by Gov. Charlie Baker succeeded in spurring a competitive bid process.
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New York Electric School Buses to Feed Power Grid

By Keshia Clukey   09/25/19  
There’s no revving as the engine of yellow school bus number 772 accelerates uphill, and no fumes as it pulls into the parking lot of a White Plains, N.Y., elementary school. Oh, it’s the electric bus!”…
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States Forge Ahead On Renewables, With Or Without The Feds

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez   09/13/19  
Energy officials from California, Massachusetts and New York on Friday said the Trump administration has stifled progress in the renewable energy sector, but touted their own programs as models for other states and cities that…
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Troy council unanimously passes Plastic Free Hudson River Act

By Michael Gwizdala   09/06/19  
The Troy City Council unanimously passed the Plastic Free Hudson River Act at Thursday night's council meeting.
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New York looks to Europe for offshore wind coordination, interconnection models to develop 9 GW

By Max Witynski   08/09/19  
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Thursday released key takeaways from a commissioned study of European offshore wind transmission models that will guide New York as it pursues its goal of 9 GW of…
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Major U.S. Offshore Wind Projects Still Face Hurdles

By Benjamin Storrow   07/22/19  
Northeastern states need the power source to meet renewable energy targets
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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts in Bid to Reduce Emissions

By Ivan Penn   07/18/19  
New York State, which last month passed an ambitious law to reduce the emissions that cause climate change, said Thursday that it had reached an agreement for two large offshore wind projects.
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New York gets tougher on climate change: Five things to know

By Jon Campbell   07/18/19  
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed what he called the nation's most aggressive climate change benchmarks into law Thursday, kickstarting a decades-long effort to virtually eliminate the state's greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.
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Cuomo, Alongside Gore, Signs Most Aggressive Climate Plan in U.S.

07/18/19  
Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. Cars, home furnaces and factories converted to run on electricity from renewable sources.
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How New York City Is Turning Its Thousands of Roofs Into Power Providers

By Patrick McGeehan   07/10/19  
In June, NYS said it aimed for 70% of its power to be generated from renewable sources by 2030. Also in June,  the country’s largest array of solar panels (9,000 solar panels onto 56 rooftops)were…
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Health Officials (Mostly) Not Waiting to Act on Climate

By Juanita Constible   07/09/19  
A new report released by EcoAdapt with the support of NRDC finds that public health departments in 16 U.S. states are building their capacity to deal with the myriad health harms of climate disruption—even if…
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New York regulators assess potential for storage to replace peaking units in the state

By HJ Mai   07/03/19  
Replacing New York's fleet of less efficient peaking units with energy storage systems and renewables will be key to achieving the state's clean energy goals. New York aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by…
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A Climate Conundrum: The Wind Farm Vs. The Eagle’s Nest

By Joseph Goldstein   06/25/19  
The state wants to get its electricity from carbon-free sources, but expanding renewable energy faces a range of hurdles.
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De Blasio’s Zero Waste Plan Languishes With Composting Expansion On Hold, Critics Say

By Gwynne Hogan   06/25/19  
At an Earth Day press conference four years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged New York City would send zero waste to landfills by 2030, in part by scaling up an aggressive composting program to…
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New York just passed the most ambitious climate target in the country

By David Roberts   06/20/19  
New York is the fourth most populous state in the US and its third-largest economy. Now it is poised to adopt the country’s most ambitious climate targets, including 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 and…
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New York State Reaches Landmark Deal On Green New Deal-Style Climate Bill

By Alexander C. Kaufman   06/17/19  
If enacted, the bill would make New York the second big state — after California — to go for 100 percent carbon neutrality by midcentury.
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Schumer backs aggressive New York climate change bill

By Marie J. French   05/22/19  
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told state lawmakers he supports an ambitious measure targeting zero emissions in New York by 2050 and requiring investment in low-income and minority communities.
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The Next Regeneration

By Greta Moran   04/30/19  
New York wants to fight climate change through good farming. Here's the dirt.
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Andrew Cuomo touts plastic bag ban at LIU Post

By David M. Schwartz   04/23/19  
At a ceremony, Cuomo said the ban on single-use shopping bags, which takes effect March 1, signals that New York cares about the environment.
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New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

By Adam Rogers   04/18/19  
On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change, a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal. And if the lawmakers and policy wonks who…
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As wind giants set sights on NY, fishermen demand a role

By Mark Harrington   04/10/19  
UK fishermen tell locals of their experiences in Europe with offshore wind farms and how to organize.
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How 2020 revamp of federal flood insurance rates could affect you

By Robert Brodsky   04/06/19  
Location and rebuild cost are driving the new rates, FEMA and industry experts said. The overhaul has both support and criticism.
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NYPA initiative targets quicker commercialization path for storage, EV startups

By Robert Walton   04/03/19  
A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state's Green New…
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Captree Island’s only road being raised to mitigate flooding

By Rachel O'Brien   03/21/19  
Captree Road floods regularly, according to town officials and residents, so it will be elevated at least one foot, bringing it to between 2.5 feet and 2.75 feet above sea level, town waterways management supervisor Brian…
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Con Ed Cuts Off New Gas Hookups in New York Suburb

By Debra West   03/21/19  
Across the suburbs north of New York City, clusters of luxury towers are rising around commuter rail stations, designed to lure young workers seeking easy access to Manhattan. In all, 16,000 apartments and condominiums are…
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21 New York Universities Form Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium

By Steve Hanley   02/18/19  
21 public and private universities in the state of New York have banded together to create the New York Campuses’ Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions consortium (NYCARES), which seeks to lower financial barriers to renewable energy…
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Climate Action in NY: 2019 Could Be Even Bigger than 2018

By Donna DeCostanzo & Jackson Morris   12/31/18  
There is still good reason to be optimistic, as there is an inspiring portfolio of states and cities across the country that actually accept the science of climate change, recognize the economic benefits associated with…
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Governor Cuomo Issues New York’s Large-Scale Offshore Wind Solicitation

11/08/18  
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued a comprehensive solicitation seeking 800 megawatts or more of new offshore wind projects for New York. This highly anticipated first offering, issued by the New York State Energy Research…
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End of ‘Net-metering’ Casts Shadow Over Future of New York Solar

By Lydia McMullen-Laird   09/04/18  
On a bright August afternoon in Brooklyn, the sun beat down fiercely as New Yorkers scrambled for slivers of shade. Except for Shaugh Dolcy. The 43-year-old software developer proudly basked in the rays on the…
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New York State Assembly Passes the Climate and Community Protection Act

04/25/18  
On April 25, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the Climate and Community Protection Act (A. 8270B, Englebright) for the third consecutive session, by a margin of 99 in favor, 31 opposed. The bill…
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Billions of bottle and can deposits go unclaimed in New York

By Jon Campbell   12/20/17  
hose bottles and cans you've been meaning to return can really add up, and the state has the numbers to prove it. New York collected more than $102 million in 5-cent deposits that went unclaimed during…
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State Policies Can Unleash U.S. Commercial Offshore Wind Development – Center for American Progress

By Shiva Polefka   09/18/17  
Leadership by governors and lawmakers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York demonstrates how key reforms can drive private investment in an abundant, climate-safe resource.
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Where the Climate Change Action Is

By The Editorial Board   06/14/19  
With time running out on the legislative session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the State Senate and the Assembly should set aside their differences and find common ground on a climate bill that would greatly reduce…
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Case Studies: New York Municipalities Moving Toward Clean, Renewable Energy

By Sierra Club   06/14/19  
This toolkit is designed to highlight just a few examples of proactive and forward-thinking New York municipal leaders utilizing existing state and federal programs to transform their communities toward a 21st century clean energy future.…
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New York to be carbon neutral by 2040

By Gordian Raacke   12/26/18  
Governor Cuomo announced that 100 percent of New York’s electricity will be carbon neutral by 2040. Across the country, the states of Hawaii, California and Washington have set similar clean energy goals, and more than…
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Could New York Have Zero Fossil Fuel Emissions by 2050? This Proposal Says Yes

06/05/19  
New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D 9, Nassau County) and New York Assembly Member Steve Englebright, (D 4, Setauket), chair of the environmental conservation committee, sponsors of the Climate and Community Protection Act, talk…
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PEP Talk – Sustainable Fishing with Haskell’s Seafood

By Peconic Estuary Program   04/14/19  
Captain Peter Haskell of Haskell's Seafood tells us how the health of the Peconic Estuary is important for his business and provides sustainable fishing practices that protect our bays for the future.
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Crucial Bill that Tackles Food Waste Included in the New York State Budget

04/01/19  
New York lawmakers took a bold step to reduce food waste with the inclusion of the Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act in the state’s 2020 budget.
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