Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has directed the Department of Public Service to (DPS) “design and enact a new Clean Energy Standard mandating that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 result from clean and renewable energy sources” by July 2016.

By putting in place a Clean Energy Standard, the state’s goal is for a “cost-effective, efficient, and enforceable mandate to meet the goal of ensuring clean, resilient, and affordable energy for all New Yorkers.” It is intended to result in lower cost for renewable energy, while also creating “new opportunities to scale large renewable energy projects.”

Gov. Cuomo said:

“…we are taking real, enforceable actions in New York to lay the foundation for a thriving clean energy economy. With one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals of any state in the nation, we are leading by example to ensure the possibility of a bright future for generations to come.”

We have long expressed support for diversity in the state’s fuel generating portfolio, but it’s important that the needs of consumers – who pay some of the highest costs in the nation – be considered as this process moves forward.