What’s the best and most cost-effective way to reach our 50% Clean Energy Standard? To chart a path to where we need to go, let’s first understand where we are today. Sounds easy right? Well, maybe it’s not so easy after all…What is the Clean Energy Standard (CES)? The CES is a NYS framework that requires a certain amount of electricity to be produced from renewable energy resources. Today, the New York Public Service Commission has approved the CES stating that, by 2030, 50% of electricity consumed must be generated from renewable energy resources.
The new year brings new hope for building renewable energy in New York State. Gov. Cuomo’s aggressive goal of achieving 50% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2030 puts New York in a Nation-leading role.
What a difference a few years and visionary leadership can make. This morning, developers finished 32 rounds of bidding on areas of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts designated for offshore wind power development. The three areas drew a collective total of just over $405 million.
After years of study and planning, New York State has made good on Governor Cuomo’s promise to pursue at least 800 MW of offshore wind in 2018 and 2019. Last week, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a request for proposals for 800 MW or more of offshore wind. The RFP is the culmination of a deliberative process that started with a Blueprint for Offshore Wind published in the fall of 2016, followed by the release in January 2018 of a NYS Offshore Wind Master Plan, followed by a Public Service Commission Order issued in August.