New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) outlined ambitious proposals to increase the use of renewable energy in the state and end coal plants in the state by 2020 in his State of the State address today (Jan. 3). He also proposed a plan to add more than 1.5 gigawatts of energy storage and more wind and solar.
"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," Cuomo stated. "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 new proposals outlined would develop at least 800 new megawatts of offshore wind in the state to create 30,000 jobs. They also would create the Zero Cost Solar for All Program, ensuring 10,000 low-income New Yorkers get solar power at zero cost through community solar power. That builds on the Energy Affordability Policy Cuomo unveiled in 2016 to control energy prices in the sate for low-income residents bringing its benefits to $260 million.
"We’re encouraged that the Governor shares our own goal of a clean energy economy that supports all residents, including low-income and underserved communities, by offering bill savings, energy choices and job opportunities with solar,” said Sean Garren, Northeast senior director of Vote Solar. “Community solar is one of the state's most promising opportunities to truly deliver clean energy access to all of New Yorkers.” He added that the NY Public Service Commission and NYSERDA will be tasked with carrying out the proposals.
The $200 million Cuomo wants to invest in installing 1,500 megawatts of energy storage would make the electric grid more resilient in the state and allow it handle more renewable energy. The proposal would seek $200 million from the NY Green Bank for storage-related investments.
At the same time the Governor is directing NYSERDA to invest $60 million in energy storage pilots and related activities. The activities include reducing barriers to deployment like permitting, interconnection financing costs and more. Together the storages could create 30,000 jobs in the state and help establish the state as a home to the surging energy storage industry.
He also called on the state’s retirement system to stop investing in fossil fuels as well. In that state of the state proposal he directed the fund to invest in more clean tech and renewable energy, rather than continue to invest in fossil fuels.Tweet