Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Energy Policy Announcements

ALBANY, NY (January 2, 2018) — In advance of the State of the State presentation tomorrow, Governor Cuomo released information about energy policy initiatives, several of which were very high priorities for the clean energy industry. These included:

  • Commitment to propose a new energy efficiency target by April 2018;
  • Commitment to procure 800 megawatts of offshore wind power through solicitations in both 2018 and 2019;
  • Commitment to investments that will deploy 1,500 megawatts of storage by 2025 and Community Solar for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers.

Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) stated, “Throughout 2017, New York has been laying the groundwork for a major investment in offshore wind, and today’s announced commitment to a procurement in 2018 is a great step forward for growing this industry in New York. Offshore wind technology has a huge potential to deliver clean electricity to Long Island and New York City while creating new jobs and attracting investment. A 2018 solicitation makes this real for New York.”

She continued, “We are very pleased that today’s announcement recognizes the key role of the energy efficiency industry, which employs more than 110,000 New Yorkers. The Governor’s directive to establish a new efficiency target by Earth Day is great news, and we look forward to working with the Governor’s staff to make this commitment a reality.”

The Governor’s announced Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Initiative also includes specific, positive initiatives to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and reconvene the Scientific Advisory Committee on Climate Change.

In response, Ms. Reynolds stated, “New York is doing what is sorely needed in the U.S.: relying on strong science and productive collaboration to maintain forward momentum on climate policy to protect our children and our future from a changing climate, and investing in modern energy infrastructure at the same time.”

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About the Alliance for Clean Energy New York: 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 premier advocate for the rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. www.aceny.org