Following President Donald Trump’s (R) announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, states are quickly taking action to counter his actions. Case in point, in his home state, New York, Governor Anthony Cuomo (D) has already pledged to uphold New York’s respective commitment to the accord and today (June 2) announced that the state, in partnership with Cornell University, is launching the Clean Climate Careers initiative to create 40,000 more clean energy jobs in the state by 2020, including an investment of up to $1.5 billion in new energy projects alone.
"As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to address climate change—at the expense of our environment and economy—New York is leading the nation in advancing a clean energy future,” Cuomo said. "The Clean Climate Careers initiative is a groundbreaking investment, representing the largest state clean energy procurement in U.S. history. With this $1.8 billion initiative, New York continues to tackle the challenges of climate change and create the high-quality, good-paying careers of tomorrow."
The initiative will include an investment of up to $1.5 billion by New York State to build major wind and solar project, according to the Governor’s office, creating thousands of jobs. It also will support energy efficiency and solar installations at public buildings. The office said the investment will result in 2.5 million more megawatt hours of renewable energy in the state and will double the amount of solar power in the state by the end of 2018.
"The extent of the state’s new commitment for renewable resources is several orders of magnitude greater than anything we’ve seen before in our state," said Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. "Under Governor Cuomo, New York is following through on his commitment to combat climate change and spur the transition to a clean energy economy that creates good-paying jobs. Under REV, we are building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers."
Currently, the state has roughly 800 megawatts of solar power installed. By the end of 2018 it will be 1,600 megawatts of solar power.
The initiative includes multiple efforts to create renewable energy jobs, including establishing the Environmental Justice & Just Transition Working Group. That group is aimed at helping underserved communities transition to clean energy and to adapt to climate change.
The initiative also is accelerating the Governor's BuildSmartNY and K-Solar initiatives, investing $300 million in energy efficiency and solar power at schools and public buildings. It plans to add more than 125 megawatts at such buildings.Tweet