A group of New York lawmakers have introduced a new bill that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent by 2050. The New York state climate and community protection act (General Assembly bill number A10342) would codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s climate change targets, stating that “action undertaken by New York to reduce greenhouse emissions will have an impact on global greenhouse gas emissions and the rate of climate change.” If the legislation is signed into law by the governor, New York would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2045 until net-zero emissions are achieved by mid-century.
In a statement, Environmental Advocates of New York praised the bill. “This is, quite simply, one of the strongest, smartest, and most thoughtful pieces of climate legislation the public has ever seen,” said Environmental Advocates of New York Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz, adding that the law would make New York “a true global climate action leader.”
The bill would require electric utilities in the state to source 27 percent of their generation capacity from renewables in 2017, 30 percent from renewables by 2020, 40 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030, similar to California’s requirements.
The legislation builds on Gov. Cuomo’s New York State Energy Plan. Released in June 2015, the plan “is a comprehensive roadmap to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”
Via Utility Dive
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