New York’s New Ambitious Energy Goals

Gov. Cuomo reveals new energy goals, including nixing coal, ensuring appliance efficiency, and providing clean energy to low-income customers.

In his January 2018 State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo declared a goal of 2.4 gigawatts of wind by 2030. Furthermore, the Public
Service Commission was recently required to set an official 2030 storage goal.

The Governor also reiterated a goal he set two years ago when he called for the adoption of regulations ending the use of coal in the state’s power plants by 2020. (The Governor created the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Fund to address the needs of the local communities affected by any closure.)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is being called upon to “use its purchasing power to secure community solar subscriptions for low-income customers and provide them at zero cost to deliver cost savings and clean energy to more than 10,000 low-income New Yorkers”.6

The last paragraph of the Governor’s proposal also caught our eye. In it, he calls for NYSERDA to propose the establishment of appliance efficiency standards. It goes on to read:

“This strategy is proven to achieve significant energy savings and is a function recently
abdicated by the federal government. As co-chair of the U.S. Climate Alliance, New York
State will work with its partners in other states to help scale state-level appliance efficiency.
Working through the U.S. Climate Alliance and with other partners, New York State will
provide certainty to manufacturers that appliance efficiency standards must be met across
the United States.”

The full proposal can be read here.