For Immediate Release: August 1, 2016
Mandating a Path Towards New York’s Clean Energy Future
Clean Energy Standard Provides Benchmarks to 50% Clean, Renewables by 2030
Albany – Today, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to require electric companies to meet Governor Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard. The following statement is attributable to Peter Iwanowicz, executive director at Environmental Advocates of New York:
“New York State has set visionary climate and clean energy goals – what was missing until today was the requirement to turn those goals for the electricity sector into action. The Clean Energy Standard moves us down the path towards clean, renewable energy by taking the promise of getting half of our electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2030, and requiring power companies to get there.
Importantly, the Standard establishes aggressive benchmarks that energy utilities must meet on renewables. It’s not a suggestion; it is a requirement.
This is big and can transform the economy in New York State.
On a program of this size and complexity, the devil is always in the details. Clearly defining mandates for offshore wind and enhanced energy efficiency must be immediate priorities. Additionally, New York still needs a statewide and economy-wide climate action plan that extends beyond the power sector in order to achieve Governor Cuomo’s full climate and clean energy commitments.
Today we applaud the team at the Public Service Commission and NYSERDA for their work and leadership on moving New York down the path to a clean energy future. Environmental Advocates looks forward to partnering with the Cuomo Administration, legislators, partners, and advocates in 2017 to continue to make New York a true climate leader.