New York Governor Calls for Boosting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Goal

January 12, 2009

In his first State of the State address on January 7, New York Governor David Paterson called for a clean energy plan that requires 45 percent of New York State's electricity needs be met through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy by 2015. The state's current renewable portfolio standard is 25 percent by 2013. The "45 by 15" standard, he said, will also create 50,000 new jobs for the state's displaced and unemployed workers and establish a workforce for a clean energy economy.

The new goal would dovetail with the state's efforts to reduce emissions. New York is a charter member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and is participating in the nation's first carbon cap-and-trade effort. (Read about RGGI's successful auctions of carbon dioxide emissions allowances in the January 7 article published by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.)

"Energy has become too expensive, too unpredictable, and too damaging to our environment," Paterson said. "It is time to control the cost of energy and how much we use. It is time to make New York more energy independent and more energy efficient, to develop our own sources of clean and renewable energy, and build new statewide systems for energy generation, transmission, and distribution."

For more information, see the governor's January 7 press release and the New York Renewable Portfolio Standard Web page published by the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

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