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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 Citythe 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.

CURRENT NEWS

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

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 Photo: New York NOW 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 Photo: Yassine Khalfalli/Unsplash 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 Photo: Dan McGee, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 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

Photo: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 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

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.

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.…

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…

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.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

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…

South Fork Wind Farm

03/05/20
The South Fork Wind Farm will produce enough clean, renewable energy every year to power 70,000 typical homes. It will help the Town of East Hampton meet its 100% renewable energy goal, and help New…

Sunrise Wind

03/05/20
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected Sunrise Wind to Authority (NYSERDA) has selected Sunrise Wind to negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Crediit negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy…

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…

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.

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

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…

Solar Energy Industry Association

07/08/19
The Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 242,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to…

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…

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).

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

Could New York’s Environmental Bond Act get even bigger?

By Nick Reisman   03/14/22  
In 2019, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $3 billion bond act to help shore up water and sewer infrastructure in need of being strengthened as extreme weather is expected to only grow in the coming…

Community choice solar programs save New Yorkers $7 million in seven months

By Tim Sylvia   03/08/22  
In 2021, Joule Community Power launched its community choice aggregation programs in thirteen New York municipalities. In the program, each municipality has its electricity supply contracts negotiated through Joule, with the option to have 100%…

Climate change could make America’s coldest cities today the climate havens of tomorrow

By Alexa Liacko   03/04/22  
Scientists expect more and more people to move out of warmer places, leave the coasts and flock to cities that are seeing less severe impacts from climate change. Those places are being called "climate havens."

Electric School Bus Ride & Drive Event in Albany!

03/04/22  
On Wednesday, March 2nd, NYLCV held a ride and drive event for New York State Legislators with some electric school bus manufacturers. Electric school buses from Blue Bird, Lion Electric Company, and a retrofitted diesel…

Ithaca, New York, aims to phase out residential appliances that burn fossil fuels

By YCC Team  Photo: James Willamor   02/28/22  
The small city of Ithaca, New York, has big plans for reducing climate change by making changes one house at a time. “The way we produce energy to heat up our buildings or to heat…

‘A Fundamental Shift’: New York’s Clean Energy Plans Move Ahead

By Lara Dreux  Photo: Mike Groll , Governor's Office   02/24/22  
New York is well on its way to meeting its ambitious clean energy goals, according to one of the top state officials charged with implementation, and there are several major projects in the offing essential…

Green Economy Boosts Job Growth in New York

02/23/22  
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today released a report showing that New York’s environment and sustainability initiatives are creating new green occupations, as well as creating additional demand for existing occupations and changing…

Time to bring back Indian Point?

By Herschel Specter, Isuru Senaviratne and Leonard Rodberg   02/12/22  
Gov. Hochul has inherited an energy emergency from her predecessor. At the same time, two state entities with different responsibilities for managing our energy system are in conflict as the state charts its energy future.

Groundbreaking Held For New York’s First Wind Farm Project

By Carolyn Gusoff   02/11/22  
There was a milestone Friday in New York’s move toward clean energy. A groundbreaking was held in East Hampton for a major offshore wind project. It’ll be only the second in the nation.

Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction of New York’s First Offshore Wind Project

02/11/22  
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, celebrated the start of construction of South Fork Wind, New York's first offshore wind project, jointly developed by…

The 24 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands From New York

By Solene Rauturier   02/10/22  
The city that never sleeps, the concrete jungle (where dreams are made of, right Alicia?), the Big Apple… That’s right, today we’re talking about New York. And more specifically about sustainable fashion brands from New…

New York to receive $70M in federal grants to plug abandoned oil, gas wells

By Hannah Schoenbaum and Isabel Miller   02/10/22  
New York is slated to receive nearly $70 million to plug thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells scattered across the state as the Biden administration begins distributing funds from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure…

As states ramp up storage targets, policy maneuvering becomes key

By Jason Plautz  Photo: ESS   02/08/22  
In June 2021, Connecticut launched a new phase of its clean energy transition when Gov. Ned Lamont, D, signed a bill committing the state to a goal of deploying 1,000 MW of energy storage by…

South Fork Wind Receives Final Approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to Start Construction on New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm

01/19/22  
South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has received approval of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is…

LaGuardia Community College to launch offshore wind training

By Rachel Vick  Photo: Paul Hoffman , Wikimedia Commons   01/19/22  
LaGuardia Community College is preparing to support the next generation of green energy workers from Queens as part of New York State’s efforts to expand offshore wind production.

New York Could Make History With a Fashion Sustainability Act

By Vanessa Friedman  Photo: Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet   01/07/22  
Last September, as New York Fashion Week was taking place for the first time in a year, Kathy Hochul, the new governor, sat front row at the Prabal Gurung show, marking a fresh era in…

Gov. Hochul announces $500M offshore wind investment, electrification push for New York

By Robert Walton  Photo: Michael M. Santiago , Getty Images   01/06/22  
New York's third offshore wind procurement will launch this year and is expected to result in at least 2 GW of new projects, Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, announced Wednesday in her 2022 State of the…

Our Clean Energy Future is All Renewable.

12/24/21  
This $11B infrastructure project will enable the delivery of more than 7.5 million megawatt-hours of emissions-free energy into New York City every year, 100% of which will be generated in New York State.

New York plans 10 GW distributed solar program expansion, but some see even more potential

By Emma Penrod  Photo: Elenathewise , Getty Images   12/23/21  
New York would aim to install at least 10 GW of distributed solar by 2030 under a proposed plan for expanding the NY-Sun initiative announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, on Friday.

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

By Lisa Prevost   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.

New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests

By Kristoffer Tigue  Photo: John Moore , Getty Images   11/23/21  
When New York regulators denied a key permit to the controversial Williams Pipeline in early 2020, in part because it conflicted with the state’s climate law, environmental policy experts called it a potential turning point.

Cuomo Threatens National Grid: Provide Gas or Lose Your License

By Michael Gold  Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press Michael Gold   11/12/21  
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a utility that provides gas to New York City and Long Island have been locked in a standoff since May, when New York regulators blocked the construction of a $1…

This U.S. city just voted to decarbonize every single building

By Tik Root   11/03/21  
Late Wednesday night, the city of Ithaca, N.Y., voted to electrify and decarbonize its buildings. It’s the first such initiative of its kind in the country.

How New York Just Took a Big Step Away From Fossil Fuels

By Grace Ashford and Anne Barnard  Photo: Dave Sanders , The New York Times   10/27/21  
In a major win for climate advocates and supporters of wind and solar energy, New York State environmental regulators refused on Wednesday to allow two companies to upgrade their gas-fueled power plants — signaling a…

Supporters, critics sound off on green amendment, on statewide ballots next month

By Vera Chinese  Photo: John Paraskevas   10/16/21  
New York voters will be asked next month to decide on a change to the state constitution that would put the right to a clean environment on par with the right to free speech and…

Ruling is setback for opponents of Copake solar project

By Rick Karlin   10/01/21  
Saying that “home rule is not unlimited,” an Albany judge has denied the town of Copake’s request for a preliminary injunction against a 60-megawatt solar farm is seeking approval here.

Schumer faces pressure over climate change

By Rebecca C. Lewis  Photo: Lev Radin , Shutterstock   09/30/21  
Climate activists rallied outside the Manhattan office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday and delivered a petition with over 100,000 signatures calling for the creation of a polluters climate fund. Advocates want…

Panel seeks more protection against solar projects

By Gregory Bacon   09/30/21  
A Chautauqua County advisory group wants officials to protect the county against the plethora of newly proposed solar projects once these projects are no longer useful.

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…

New York State Ahead of Schedule in Retrofitting 500,000 Streetlights with Energy-efficient LEDs

By Austin Tannenbaum   09/29/21  
The New York state government announced Monday that it has now replaced more than 286,000 of its streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs. This places the state more than halfway toward its goal of replacing half a…

Governor Hochul Launches Green Boats Program to Spur Electrification of Tour and Charter Vessels on State’s Canal System

09/29/21  
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of the "Green Boats" program to advance the electrification of tour and charter boats operating on the New York State Canal system. Through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, the New York Power…

During Climate Week, Governor Hochul Provides Update on $15.6 Million Resilience Project to Replace Water Infrastructure and Protect Mirror Lake in the North Country

Photo: Kathy Hochul   09/24/21  
During Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul today provided an update on a $15.6 million comprehensive water infrastructure construction project underway in Lake Placid and transportation improvements to State roads and bridges in the North Country.

New York announces statewide community air monitoring initiative

By Priyanka Shrestha   09/22/21  
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new statewide community air monitoring initiative, believed to be the first of its kind in the US.

Hochul Shows Shades of Green, Offering Hope She’ll Kill Queens Fossil Fuel Plant

By Samantha Maldonado   09/21/21  
Gov. Kathy Hochul’s support of two new electricity transmission lines to bring clean energy into the city is giving some hope to opponents of a proposed fossil fuel power plant in Queens.

Blackstone Renewable Energy Project Selected to Support New York’s Transition to Clean Energy

09/20/21  
Blackstone (NYSE: BX) announced today that its wholly-owned portfolio company Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), was selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as part of an extensive RFP process, to deliver clean, renewable…

State green lights renewable energy projects that will run cable along the Hudson River

By Thomas C. Zambito   09/20/21  
The state on Monday awarded contracts to two companies with plans to deliver solar, wind and hydro power from upstate and Canada to New York City, along routes that call for transmission cables along the…

Top Cities for Solar Energy in New York (2021)

By Josh Hurst  Photo: Lisa - Blue , Getty Images   09/09/21  
Solar energy is most frequently associated with states smack in the middle of the Sun Belt. And yet, there are some notable outliers, with New York being foremost among them.

How will New York update infrastructure to handle climate change?

By Nick Reisman   09/07/21  
Advocates and officials are rethinking New York's infrastructure in the wake of devastating flooding. And while climate change is a global problem, it's one with statewide reprecussions for New York after storms have led to…

Northeast pummeled with colossal flooding, destructive tornadoes

By Bob Henson and Jeff Masters  Photo: Piyush Patel   09/02/21  
Some of the worst urban flash flooding in U.S. history struck the New York City area on Wednesday night, as the remnants of once-category 4 Hurricane Ida teamed up with a frontal zone, upper-level energy,…

What Will Kathy Hochul Do for New York Climate Policy? More Than Cuomo, Activists Hope

By Kristoffer Tigue  Photo: Scott Heins , Getty Images   08/24/21  
As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped down following a report from a state investigator that concluded he had sexually harassed 11 women, many environmental activists applauded the governor’s decision and said his administration had…

New York to test green hydrogen at Long Island power plant

By Scott Van Voorhis   07/12/21  
The New York Power Authority is gearing up to launch a green hydrogen demonstration project at its gas-fired power plant on Long Island.

UAlbany to partner with NOAA Severe Weather Research Institute

By Arin Cotel-Altman   06/22/21  
Global warming has been a major concern over the last decade, and climate change goes hand in hand with severe weather disasters.

School Of Architecture Advocates For Climate Education With Pavilions & Projects On Governors Island

Photo: Adam Elstein   06/16/21  
As New York City rebuilds in the aftermath of a long pandemic year, Pratt students are partnering in the local Brooklyn community and beyond to support a better, more equitable future with innovative solutions. In…

World’s First Triple Net Zero Building In New York

By Harun Asad   06/15/21  
The Seventy-Six, an Albany, New York housing development, is expected to be the first triple net-zero project – energy, water, waste – of its kind.

Biden’s offshore wind bonanza is coming to New York and New Jersey

By Emily Pontecorvo  Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images   06/14/21  
Until recently, it looked like the best chance of climate action from the Biden administration was going to be an infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. Now, the possibility of getting strong climate provisions…

New York has a long road ahead to meet its climate goals

By Rebecca C. Lewis  Photo: Luis Castro/Shutterstock   06/14/21  
New York lawmakers just wrapped up what some environmental advocates considered a disappointing legislative session two years after setting ambitious climate goals. And a new scorecard from the New York Public Interest Group shows that…

The Demand for Clean-Energy Jobs Grows in Westchester

By David Levine   06/13/21  
Clean energy offers many well-paying opportunities for those with or without a college degree in New York State. After many years of depending on fossil-fuel-driven energy, the U.S. has recently begun to embrace clean-energy alternatives.…

Albany Just Blew it on Climate, Again

By Pete Sikora  Photo: Pete Sikora   06/12/21  
When people ask me what I do for a living, sometimes I like to answer literally: I get people to hold signs and walk around in circles. I persuade people to shout at buildings where…

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Pat O'Malley , The New York Times   06/11/21  
The Biden administration on Friday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to develop offshore wind farms in shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its push…

New York State Legislature Passes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act

By Nydia Gutierrez   06/08/21  
The New York State Legislature has passed S4722A/A5386A, which will establish the New York Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act to enhance and maintain the health and resilience of agricultural soils. It is now up…