New York Launches Major Onshore Renewable Energy Initiative

Governor has unveiled a comprehensive initiative aimed at soliciting proposals for large-scale projects in the state. This move, part of New York's ambitious 10-Point Action Plan, seeks to accelerate progress towards the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act's target of sourcing 70% of from clean energy by 2030.

The solicitation, overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is anticipated to attract substantial private investment, generating economic growth and thousands of jobs. Key provisions in the process include inflation indexing, labor standards, and commitments to disadvantaged communities and climate resilience.

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“This initiative underscores New York's commitment to building a sustainable energy economy,” Governor Hochul stated. “By selecting these projects, we aim to secure affordable, reliable, and emission-free electricity for all New Yorkers.”

The solicitation process will proceed in two stages, with eligibility requirements due by July 15 and final proposals expected by August 8.

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Officials emphasized the broader impact beyond environmental benefits. “New York's clean energy sector is pivotal for economic resilience,” said Roberta Reardon, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor. “Initiatives like this are essential for fostering innovation and creating sustainable jobs in our state.”

The initiative also aligns with environmental objectives, as highlighted by Sean Mahar, Interim Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “Today's announcement reflects our commitment to expanding renewable energy projects and reducing reliance on fossil fuels,” Mahar affirmed.

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The initiative includes measures to preserve agricultural land, ensuring alignment with broader environmental and economic goals. “This announcement is crucial for New York's transition to clean energy,” commented Richard Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

State Senator Kevin Parker echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the initiative's role in advancing New York's climate goals and fostering economic growth through renewable energy expansion.

The solicitation marks a significant step forward in New York's efforts to lead the nation in sustainable energy practices, setting a precedent for other states to follow.

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