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Published on December 23rd, 2015 | by James Ayre


Governor Of New York: 50% Renewable Electricity By 2030

December 23rd, 2015 by  

The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, recently directed the state’s Public Service Commission to draft a new Clean Energy Standard, one that will see the state receive at least 50% of is electricity in 2030 from renewable energy sources.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) was directed via letter by Cuomo to immediately begin drawing up the new standard — one which is expected to be cost effective and “efficient.”


The decision should come as no real surprise to anyone, as a similar plan (in the State Energy Plan) was implied by the state’s “50 by 30 goal” — which also calls for a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030.

That said, Governor Cuomo was pretty stark in his accompanying comments: “This plan is both rational and among the most aggressive in the nation.”

The public presentation of the new standard is currently expected to take place sometime in June 2016, reportedly. Beyond the generalized comments made above, though, it’s not clear what exactly will be presented — no real specifics have been revealed.

Governor Cuomo did comment that though that the plans wouldn’t (“should not”) the early closure of upstate nuclear power plants, as this would require an increased reliance on coal- or gas-fired power plants. Interestingly, though, the nuclear support will not be included in the 50% renewable energy mandate.

The governor stated: “Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and we must act now. As discussions continue in Paris, we are taking real, enforceable actions in New York to lay the foundation for a thriving clean energy economy. With one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals of any state in the nation, we are leading by example to ensure the possibility of a bright future for generations to come.” 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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