On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard. The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030.
Heather Leibowitz, the Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:
After the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) delayed a vote on what would be the second and largest offshore wind farm in the U.S., Environment New York joined the Sierra Club and over 30 other organizations in a letter sent to Governor Cuomo expressing their disappointment in the delay and urging New York officials to reschedule the vote.
New York, NY – New York has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 8th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Big Apple’s place, highest among Northeastern cities, was owed primarily to the statewide NY-SUN Initiative, advocates said today.
“Thanks to its forward-thinking programs and leaders like Governor Andrew Cuomo,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, “our report shows that New York really shines when it comes to solar power.”
Next week, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is expected to approve what will be the nation’s largest offshore wind project, 30 miles east of Montauk. The project would have 15 turbines and a capacity of 90 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes on Long Island. It would be three times larger than the only offshore wind project currently under construction in the U.S, which is located off of Rhode Island and also being developed by Deepwater Wind.