Last week, New York State released its 2015 State Energy Plan, “a comprehensive roadmap to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”
The plan is “a comprehensive strategy to create economic opportunities for communities and individual customers….[that] encapsulates Governor Cuomo’s major new energy initiative, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)…” It includes some of nation’s most ambitious 2030 clean energy targets: a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; 50% of electricity generation coming from carbon-free renewables; and 600 trillion Btu in energy efficiency gains. If achieved, these targets will decrease carbon emissions in the state 80% by 2050.
We’ve been watching the state’s policies relating to energy closely as they have progressed over the last few years. We don’t have any problem with the state’s clean energy and pollution control goals, but it’s important New York State does not place additional financial burdens on ratepayers.