ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Legislature has passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, putting the Empire State on a path to carbon-neutrality by 2050. The bill also codifies a requirement that commits New York to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 while setting ambitious targets for energy savings, offshore wind power and solar energy.
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature, New York will join Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Washington and Puerto Rico in officially committing to 100 percent clean electricity. Maine is also poised to follow suit, when Gov. Janet Mills signs a 100 percent bill already approved by the Legislature into law.
Rob Sargent, senior director of Environment America’s Clean Energy program, issued the following statement:
“Once again, we’re seeing states rise to the challenge where our federal government has not -- committing to completely transition to clean energy at a pace and on a scale that matches the urgency of our environmental challenges. By adopting an economy-wide target of net-zero emissions with strong requirements to shift to renewable energy, the Empire State has put itself at the head of the pack of state climate leaders. That’s good for New Yorkers’ health and their environment. It’s also good news for the nation because it builds on the national momentum toward pollution-free energy. We look forward to working with Gov. Cuomo to implement this ambitious plan.
“Our health and the future of our kids and grandkids is at risk from the harmful effects of fossil fuel pollution. Every part of the country, including New York, has access to an abundance of clean, renewable energy resources that don’t foul our air and water, and alter our climate, along with vast reserves of wasted energy. Committing to 100 percent clean electricity is one of the best ways states can help ensure a safer, healthier future.
“With this bold action, New York joins a growing chorus of states sending a strong message to the rest of the country that it’s ready to do its part to combat climate change. We’ll be working hard to help other states do the same.”
Environment America is a national network with affiliates in 29 states. Our staff and members work to protect the places we love, advance the environmental values we share, and win real results for our environment. Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which runs organizations committed to our vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done.