Progress Toward Our Goals
New York's nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality by 2050. The state remains focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities. The Department of Environmental Conservation rulemakings to implement the Scoping Plan will ensure no increase in co-pollutant emissions or disproportionate burden on disadvantaged communities and prioritize measures to reduce emissions in disadvantaged communities.
New York's Nation-Leading Climate Targets
- 85% Reduction in GHG Emissions by 2050
- 100% Zero-emission Electricity by 2040
- 70% Renewable Energy by 2030
- 9,000 MW of Offshore Wind by 2035
- 3,000 MW of Energy Storage by 2030
- 6,000 MW of Solar by 2025
- 22 Million Tons of Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency and Electrification
To support these ambitious goals, the Climate Act established New York’s Climate Action Council, which has developed a Draft Scoping Plan that will guide the State’s aggressive climate and clean energy agenda.
New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy include:
- More than $21 billion in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state
- $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions
- $1.8 billion to scale up solar
- More than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives
- More than $1.2 billion in NY Green Bank commitments
Combined, these investments supported more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector (2019).
Implementation of New York's Climate Act is on track and moving forward expeditiously.
Under the State’s Clean Energy Standard, New York has a robust pipeline of large-scale renewable energy, comprised of:
- Nearly 100 solar, land-based wind and offshore wind projects, which will add nearly 11,000 megawatts of clean power to the grid when completed - enough to power over five million New York homes.
- Together, these projects are expected to directly create more than 10,000 jobs.
The State's commitment to building out new green energy transmission, led by 250 miles of new major upgrades already underway throughout the State, with other future green transmission projects planned, will help facilitate faster transitioning to zero-carbon emission resources and technologies contributing to air quality improvement and improved public health for New Yorkers, especially those living in environmental justice or disadvantaged communities.
In addition to renewable energy, New York is focused on driving down energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions by investing more than $6.8 billion in building energy efficiency and clean heating initiatives through 2025. As part of the work, $2 billion in utility energy efficiency and building electrification initiatives are underway. These programs will reduce 3 million metric tons of carbon pollution, the equivalent of removing 600,000 cars from the road.
Additionally, the New York State Clean Heat Program is providing nearly $700 million in building electrification solutions, including a variety of heat pump technologies. The state has earmarked over $230 million of these funds for workforce training, low-to-moderate income heat pump initiatives, performance improvements and testing, supporting the heat pump supply chain, community engagement, and developing a buildings electrification roadmap to help guide the transformation of how New Yorkers heat and cool buildings.
Working collaboratively, the state and investor-owned utilities are also providing $880 million to increase access to energy efficiency and clean energy solutions for low-to-moderate income households and affordable multi-family buildings – benefiting more than 350,000 low-to-moderate income households statewide. Similarly, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) has overseen $2 billion in energy efficiency projects with government partners since 2011, saving the state $138 million annually and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 331,000 metric tons.
New York State's $1 billion investment in electrifying New York's transportation sector is growing access to and availability of electric vehicles and clean transit while scaling the necessary infrastructure benefits to all New Yorkers, including those in low-income or disadvantaged areas, by reducing carbon emissions to create cleaner air and healthier communities.
Through the State’s EV-Make Ready program, $701 million is available through 2025 to incentivize utilities and charging station developers to site electric vehicle charging infrastructure in places that will provide a maximal benefit to consumers. Of this funding, $206 million will be allocated toward equitable access and benefits for lower-socio-economic and disadvantaged communities. The State’s $85 million New York Clean Transportation Prizes will enhance clean transportation and mobility options and reduce harmful emissions across New York State, especially in underserved communities. This investment is taking place in tandem with NY Green Bank’s $100 million in financing that will attract EV-sector manufacturers and other related businesses to the State.
Under a range of initiatives, including EV Make Ready , EVolve NY , and Charge NY , the State is rapidly multiplying the number of charging stations to have at least 10,000 chargers available across New York by the end of 2021. More than 37,000 Drive Clean Rebates have helped State residents purchase electric vehicles, contributing to more than 81,000 sold statewide since 2010.
Due to a robust foundation of public transit within the State, New York is the most carbon-efficient state in the United States on both a per capita and per GDP basis.
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