The clean energy industry supports more than 85,000 jobs at more than 7,500 businesses across New York State. The solar industry employs over 8,000 New Yorkers, 1,700 of whom are located on Long Island. A recent report by the Workforce Development Institute identifies seventy-four different occupations spanning New York’s economy that stand to benefit from the development of offshore wind; creating new opportunities for engineers, electricians, ironworkers, welders, and sales professionals, to name a few.
One of the primary forces behind the development of New York’s clean energy economy is the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Programs funded by the Clean Energy Fund, NY-Sun, New York Green Bank and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have brought innovative carbon abatement, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects to all 62 counties of the state and every legislative district. These programs are lowering household and business energy bills, improving air quality and public health by bringing new renewable energy sources online, and fighting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
This bill thwarts further growth in the clean energy economy and the thousands of jobs it is supporting across the state, by directing NYSERDA to redirect funds from existing programs to subsidize the operations of nuclear power plants. New York cannot afford to adopt the Trump playbook of gutting our clean energy future while propping up the failing energy sources of the past.
This bill directs NYSERDA to reprogram funds dedicated to the development of clean energy resources and the economy to subsidize the operations of nuclear power plants.