New York state continues to power ahead with its plans to become an important global capital of the renewable energy industry.

In contrast to the coal and oil fanatics in the White House, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has set a target, via his Clean Energy Standard – to generate 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

And the Governor announced last week efficiency targets that will ‘save the energy used by 1.8 million homes’ by 2025. This will be done through a number of initiatives, including ‘new building retrofits, efficient appliances, and innovative technologies like heat pumps’.

 

“Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way for New Yorkers to lower utility bills, curb harmful emissions and battle climate change. As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to safeguard our environment, we must continue our bold action to reduce emissions and protect all New Yorkers, today and in the future, from the devastating effects of climate change,” Governor Cuomo said.

 

The efficiency plans, estimated to meet a third of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction target, have been warmly welcomed.

“The Sierra Club applauds Governor Cuomo’s commitment in setting bold, enforceable energy efficiency and energy conservation targets which are a cost-effective step in helping the state meet its climate goals, saving New Yorkers’ money on their energy bills, and creating family-wage jobs,” said Lisa Dix, Senior New York Representative, Sierra Club.

Speaking to us last month,Jodie Van Horn, Director of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, told us actions are being taken by communities across the US to shift the country to 100% renewable energy.