Legislation passed in the state of New York aims to achieve 9.0 GW of offshore wind by 2035
Legislation has been passed in the state of New York that aims to achieve a carbon neutral economy by 2050, zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 9.0 GW of offshore wind by 2035.
Among other things, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish state-wide greenhouse gas emission limits and regulate to achieve state-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The bill will also make investment in renewable energy sources a priority in New York State and require 70% of the electric generation secured by load serving entities regulated by the Public Service Commission to be produced by renewable energy systems by 2030.
In addition, the bill requires that the state-wide electrical demand system will be zero emissions by 2040, a measure that will spur the procurement of 9.0 GW of offshore wind, 6.0 GW of distributed photovoltaic solar generation by 2025 and 3.0 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo first proposed the 9.0 GW of offshore wind target in January 2019. In a State of the State address on 15 January 2019, the governor said he was directing new actions, as part of the Green New Deal, to accelerate offshore wind progress in three specific areas: port infrastructure, workforce development, and transmission infrastructure.
The governor said developing and adopting offshore wind was “a critical component of the transition to a clean energy economy and presents a major economic opportunity for New Yorkers, including creating thousands of high-quality jobs.”
“With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York has enacted the most aggressive climate change legislation in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said as the legislation was passed earlier this week.
The legislation will establish a Climate Justice Working Group, consisting of representatives from environmental justice communities, DEC and the Departments of Health and Labor; and establishes the New York State Climate Action Council, consisting of 22 members including state agencies and individuals with expertise in environmental issues, environmental justice, labour and regulated industries.
State agencies will be required to assess and implement strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and to consider the impact on attaining the state-wide greenhouse gas emission limits when issuing permits, licenses or other administrative approvals.