NY Announces Aggressive Clean Energy Standard

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the approval of a mandate to require 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

New York’s Clean Energy Standard was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission. The aggressive goals will be phased in over the next several years, with the initial phase requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to phase in renewable sources such as wind and solar power, leading to 26.31 percent of the state’s electricity mix coming from renewables in 2017. By 2021, renewables should account for 30.54 percent of the state’s electricity.

The mandate will add less than $2 per month to the average residential customer’s bill, according to a statement.

“New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state’s environment for decades to come,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future.”

The standard will help the state meet goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, as well as goals to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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