New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Vice President Al Gore, Friday announced the single largest commitment to renewable energy by a state in U.S. history at $1.4 billion, which will advance 26 large-scale renewable energy projects.
“The renewable projects will be sited throughout the state and were chosen by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) based on the proposed cost of each project, the project’s ability to create local jobs, and developer experience in building renewable projects in New York. “These projects represent a significant step in advancing the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard to obtain 50 %of New York’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030”.
New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “New York is leading the way by producing the nation’s first-ever utility-scale offshore wind farm and we want to continue our partnership with federal agencies to move this forward. Governor Cuomo’s forward-thinking leadership charts a course for a sustainable and responsible future, free from the real threats offshore gas and oil drilling poses to our coastal communities.”
Alicia Barton, NYSERDA President and CEO said, “This is an historic moment for New York as we make the largest purchasing commitment to renewable energy by a state in the history of our country. Achieving 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 is a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading agenda to fight climate change, and I look forward to watching these projects create jobs, expand our clean energy economy and provide New Yorkers with clean, reliable power for decades.”