Renewable Energy

About Our Renewable Energy Work: Energy use—including electricity, transportation, and heating—is the most significant source of the pollution that is changing our climate and causing smog, acid rain, toxic mercury pollution, and other serious environmental problems. Environmental Advocates of New York’s Air & Energy Program is focused on reducing air pollution and promoting the clean technologies that will set New York on the path to a safe and sustainable energy future.

Our work includes promoting policies that will improve air quality and reduce global warming pollution, as well as supporting New York’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and conservation and accelerate clean energy development.

RGGI At A Crossroads

For the past seven years, the Cuomo Administration has used funding made available to New York through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) for some authentic climate mitigation purposes as well as some highly questionable ones. While programs like Green Jobs - Green New York, 76West, and the Drive Clean Rebate owe their success to RGGI funding; the Governor has also diverted RGGI funds to subsidize power rates for Long Islanders and plug budget holes.


With all the moral and ethical challenges facing Albany lawmakers these days, it should come as no surprise that both the Assembly and Senate resorted to bank robbery as a viable revenue stream for this year’s state budget. The bank in question is Governor Cuomo’s one billion dollar Green Bank.

RGGI: A National Model (September, 2013)

In the few years since the program’s inception, RGGI has become the guiding hand responsible for moving thousands of important projects in every region, county and legislative district from concept to completion. 

RGGI was billed as a critical tool in New York’s fight to address the impacts of climate pollution. The success of the program is proof positive that policies aimed at supporting environmental stewardship and economic growth can be one and the same. 

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Success Stories Part 2 (2012)

RGGI Helps New York Homeowners Conserve Energy, Reduce Pollution & Save Money

New York’s investments in clean energy are helping homeowners save money on their utility bills while reducing the state’s share of the pollution that is changing our climate.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), created to reduce global warming pollution from power plants in the Northeast, has become the linchpin of New York’s clean energy strategy, helping consumers use energy more efficiently and accelerating the deployment of renewable energy technologies.


The departure of Public Service Commissioner Maureen Harris comes long after her term expired in 2012, and at a critical juncture for New York’s energy future

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Our Conor Bambrick will discuss the state's energy policies with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom. To listen live online at 11AM visit here

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Google has purchased Makani Power, a company that makes wind turbines that generate electricity as they fly through the air

Thursday, May 23, 2013

To defeat Keystone, environmental movement goes from Beltway to grassroots

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Electric car company Telsa Motors has repaid a $465 million loan from the US Energy Department 10 years early, with interest

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Electric vehicle charging station project launched in Upstate New York


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