New York to Obtain 50% of the State’s Electricity from Renewable Resources by 2030

November, 23, 2015
David Gahl
Director of Strategic Engagement
Climate

New York State’s energy world is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in the New York Times today. The Governor has proposed to obtain 50% of the state’s electricity by 2030 from renewable resources such as wind and solar power. What's new today is that the Governor wants the New York State Public Service Commission to issue an order locking down this committment for the future.

This proposal sets the framework in place around which customers, utilities, and markets can organize. The New York State Public Service Commission should adopt these goals as part of their deliberations early next year. Pace has long sought an enforceable commitment along these lines to give certainty to energy markets.

Today’s welcome announcement builds on the Governor’s commitment to significantly reduce the pollution that is changing our climate. We look forward to having a better understanding of the new potential incentives for upstate nuclear power plants.

Stay tuned to this space as we learn more about the Governor’s plans. 

UPDATED: December 2, 2015.

Today, Governor Cuomo officially directed the New York State Department of Public Service to design and enact a “Clean Energy Standard.” This mandate requires that 50 percent of New York’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030. The Governor’s letter is available here. Note that he says by “mandating the Clean Energy Standard we ensure that this goal is converted from aspirational to actionable.” Nicely put.