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July 30, 2003

Ten Northeast States to Cooperate to Lower Carbon Emissions

New York Governor George Pataki announced on July 24th that nine other northeast states have agreed to join New York in a regional strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The governors of Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have sent letters expressing their interest in working with New York to develop a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Maryland has indicated that they may participate in the discussions at a later date. See the governor's press release.

Governor Pataki formed a Greenhouse Gas Task Force in June 2001 and had an independent facilitator, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), work with the task force to prepare a report examining ways to reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions. That report, provided to the governor in April 2003, included the recommendation to take a regional approach to reducing greenhouse gases-a recommendation that Governor Pataki responded to by writing to the ten governors of northeast states. Other recommendations included setting an aggressive greenhouse gas emissions target for New York, establishing a variety of energy efficiency programs, requiring that the state draw on renewable energy for a percentage of its electricity use, and establishing a greenhouse gas emission standard for passenger vehicles. See the New York Greenhouse Gas Task Force page on the CCAP Web site.

New York State's most recent action to encourage clean energy use was the award of $14.5 million on July 18th to support 36 distributed generation and combined heat and power projects throughout the state. The projects will enable commercial, agricultural, and industrial energy users to generate their own electricity. The projects will also use waste heat from the electric generation equipment for productive purposes, such as space or water heating. See the governor's press release.