In the News

State, local, and national stories about New York’s climate work.

Spectrum News: DEC commissioner and NYSERDA president discuss climate plan’s next steps

Dec. 21, 2022 – The regulatory phase now begins. That’s the assessment of two of the agency leaders who will be involved in implementing the state’s new climate blueprint.


The Hill: New York panel finalizes ‘nation-leading’ climate blueprint

Dec. 20, 2022 – A New York state panel moved on Monday evening to adopt a road map of comprehensive climate measures that will land on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) desk in the new year.


Journal News: New York passes climate plan to meet net-zero emissions by mid-century

Dec. 20, 2022 – New York’s landmark climate law cleared another hurdle Monday with a final plan to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century.


News 10: Climate Action Council approves statewide scoping plan

Dec. 19, 2022 – The Climate Action Council voted today to approve a statewide scoping plan.


Times Union: Climate panel approves roadmap for large-scale carbon reduction in New York

Dec. 19, 2022 – The special council in charge of creating a roadmap toward a carbon-free economy in New York approved its long-awaited scoping plan on Monday, setting the stage for what will likely be years of debate over a mass shift toward using solar, wind and other alternatives as energy sources.


Long Island Media: Governor Hochul Announces $52 Million in Awards for Regional Clean Energy Hubs to Connect New York Communities with Clean Energy Resources

Dec. 9, 2022 — Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $52 million in awards to establish 12 Regional Clean Energy Hubs to serve as centers of outreach, awareness, and education in regions across New York State and help foster residents’ participation, especially those in underserved or otherwise disadvantaged communities, in New York’s clean energy transition.


Spectrum News: Work begins on 339-mile transmission line from Canada to NYC

Dec. 1, 2022 — Construction has started on the longest stretch of the Champlain Hudson Power Express — a 339-mile transmission line to bring clean hydropower from Canada to New York City.


The Brooklyn Eagle: NY awards $7M to Revel for Red Hook charging station, job training site

Nov. 17, 2022 — Revel, a Brooklyn-based electric mobility and infrastructure company, announced on Wednesday that it has been selected as a grand prize awardee for the $85 million New York Clean Transportation Prizes Program in the Electric Mobility Challenge category.


Times Union: New York voters overwhelmingly pass Environmental Bond Act

Nov. 8, 2022 — The $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Energy, Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act was overwhelmingly passed by voters — and lawmakers said it will not result in a tax increase.


News 12 Bronx: First-of-its-kind study to monitor NY air quality begins in Mount Vernon

Oct. 28, 2022 — News 12 got an exclusive look at how the state is monitoring air quality and greenhouse gases in communities overburdened by pollution with cutting edge technology.


The Hill: New York to mandate zero-emission vehicles in 2035

Sept. 29, 2022 — All new vehicles purchased in New York will need to be zero-emission models beginning in 2035, Gov. Kathy Hochul(D) announced on Thursday.


News 12 Westchester: 3 newly inducted ‘Climate Smart’ communities located in Westchester

Sept. 19, 2022 — The state is kicking off Climate Week by achieving a new milestone. On Monday, New York state surpassed 100 “Climate Smart” communities, and three of the newly inducted communities are in Westchester County.


Auburn Citizen: NY commissioners: Working with farmers to ensure climate resiliency for the future

Aug. 30, 2022 — America’s farmers have long pioneered conservation measures in response to environmental challenges. Now farmers are on the frontlines in our battle against the climate crisis.


Gotham Gazette: How the Inflation Reduction Act will take New York’s climate action to the next level

Aug. 25, 2022 — One month ago, national progress on climate change collapsed on the heels of an adverse Supreme Court ruling, followed by apparent withdrawal of Congress from meeting this urgent moment. In a dramatic turn, however, President Biden, Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Democrats in Congress achieved the signing of the historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).


Spectrum News: Environmental conservation commissioner talks climate policy

Aug. 19, 2022 — Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, joined Bobby Cuza on “Inside City Hall” Friday to discuss New York’s air quality monitoring program and new climate investments.


Spectrum News: Neighborhood air pollution mapping begins in disadvantaged communities

Aug. 18, 2022 — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a one-year contract with San Francisco-based tech company Aclima to get a detailed mapping of air pollutants in disadvantaged communities that have higher emissions of nitrogen dioxide, methane gas and other toxins.


Empire Report: How New York is rebuilding resilient shoreline communities

Aug. 16, 2022 — Northern New Yorkers well remember the summers of 2017 and 2019, when all-time-high water levels along the 680 miles of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River shorelines severely damaged coastal infrastructure. For months, water, wind, and waves flooded homes and businesses, eroded bluffs, inundated roads, and washed-out wastewater infrastructure.


Utility Dive: New York announces 2-GW offshore wind solicitation with a focus on supply chain infrastructure

July 28, 2022 — New York’s latest solicitation has a large focus on establishing supply chains for the growing industry, including new considerations from bidders.


Journal News: Climate change still threatens New York. We’re continuing to lead the fight

July 26, 2022 — Last week, on one of the hottest days of the year in the United States, and amidst record heat and wildfires in Europe, President Joe Biden stressed the need to continue the fight against global climate change. He did not mince words to label climate change as a global emergency and made a promise that if Congress won’t act, then he will. New York stands with the President in our role as a state leader in fighting climate change, and we will continue to forge a path with our sister states to a cleaner, greener future.


Daily News: N.Y.’s landmark climate law will be a boon to consumers

July 6, 2022 — When New York adopted the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) in 2019, the state not only set a national model for combating climate change, it embarked on a path toward a clean energy future that will bring multiple long-term benefits to New Yorkers.


News 13: Hochul says new environmental laws will help advance clean energy in NY

July 5, 2022 — Gov. Hochul has signed a package of new environmental measures into law. The package includes measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs.


PV Magazine: NYSERDA launches energy advisory website for low- to moderate-income households

April 14, 2022 — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched a new website aimed at increasing awareness of and access to clean energy programs and energy assistance for low- to moderate-income households in New York State.


CBS 6: New budget invests billions in clean energy, climate resilience

April 10, 2022 — Governor Kathy Hochul announced bold, unprecedented investments and environmental initiatives in the FY 2023 Budget.


News 12 Bronx: Manhattan Beer Distributors lead with green trucks, plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

April 5, 2022 — The state’s Climate Action Council kicked off the first of 10 public hearings on Tuesday in the Bronx as they finalize a plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.


Times Union: Climate battle will transform how we live and work in Capital Region

March 13, 2022 — Even if you don’t believe in climate change — or want to ignore the fact that the planet is facing an existential environmental threat that if left unchecked will lead to serious health and social trauma — you’re going to have to deal with it.


Gotham Gazette: ‘A fundamental shift’ – New York’s clean energy plans move ahead

Feb. 24, 2022 — New York is well on its way to meeting its ambitious clean energy goals, according to one of the top state officials charged with implementation, and there are several major projects in the offing essential to moving from fossil fuels to a combination of wind, water, and solar power.


The Verge: Construction begins on New York’s first offshore wind farm

Feb. 14, 2022 — New York State broke ground on Friday on its first offshore wind farm, kicking off a boom in similar projects aimed at transforming the state’s — and the nation’s — energy mix. The South Fork Wind project off the coast of Long Island is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.


Long Island Business News: Construction begins on South Fork Wind project

Feb. 11, 2022 — Federal, state and local officials announced the start of construction of the South Fork Wind project at a press event in Wainscott Friday.


Newsday: ‘Highly electrified’ state could double usage by 2050, official says

Feb. 4, 2022 — A “highly electrified” New York grid fed by wind, solar and hydro power will see a dramatic increase in overall electricity usage and a major shift in the time of year people and businesses use that power, according to a top state energy official.


City & State: Opinion: New York’s climate goals inspire Biden’s clean energy agenda

Jan. 28, 2022 — After my visit to New York’s Capital Region earlier this month, it’s clear to me that the Empire State is becoming an empire of clean energy. With President Biden’s agenda to build a better America, this empire will deliver good-paying jobs, cheaper energy bills, cleaner air, and greater resilience to New Yorkers.


Times Union: State’s climate council wants heat pumps in all new homes by 2024

Jan. 4, 2022 — The state council tasked with making New York carbon-neutral by 2050 wants to rapidly transition the state’s homes away from propane, oil and gas heating to electric heat pumps.