Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Regulation, Distributed Generation, Regulation, Sourcing Renewables - January 3, 2018
A part of his annual State of the State presentation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a comprehensive and ambitious energy plan the calls for the development of at least 1.5 GW of energy storage and 800 MW of offshore wind.
In a Jan. 2 news release, the governor's office said the 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda intends to accomplish three objectives: combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and grow the clean energy economy.
The plan calls for an investment of $200 million to meet an energy storage target of 1.5 GW by 2025, which the governor's office said will allow for the increase of clean and renewable energy transmission within the state. The plan also calls for the development of at least 800 MW of offshore wind and new energy efficiency targets, in addition to a total phaseout of coal-fired power plants by 2020.
Additionally, Cuomo called for an official expansion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; the nine states involved in the initiative agreed in 2017 to reduce the program's cap on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants an additional 30% beyond the 50% established in 2013.
"New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy," Governor Cuomo said. "With this proposal, New York is taking bold action to fight climate change and protect our environment, while supporting and growing 21st-century jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries."
The governor's office said in a news release that the new plan builds on progress made to date under the state's Reforming the Energy Vision policy, which includes a mandate to generate 50% of the New York's electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2030, as well as climate protection activities under the Environmental Protection Fund.