In the News
State, local, and national stories about New York’s climate work.
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.
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.
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.
Dec. 19, 2022 – The Climate Action Council voted today to approve a statewide scoping plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.