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January 15, 2003

New York Governor Proposes 25 Percent Renewable Power Mandate

New York Governor George E. Pataki proposed on January 8th a requirement for the state to generate 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources within ten years. Governor Pataki announced during his annual State of the State Address that he was directing the Public Service Commission to implement the requirement, which is known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard. New York currently produces about 17 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, primarily hydropower. The governor also proposed that the state adopt carbon dioxide emissions standards for motor vehicles, similar to those proposed in California. See the Governor's press release. The proposal came near the end of the governor's address.

The news was applauded by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which estimated that the new initiative will eventually generate $100 million dollars a year in income, local tax revenue, and jobs to farmers and communities that host wind power generators in New York. See the AWEA press release.