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Solar Power, Global Warming, Frack Waste Targets Of Enviros' "Super Bills"


Posted: February 23, 2012
Originally Published: February 23, 2012

A group of 10 environmental groups today identified three bills in Albany that they say will be their top priorities during the 2012 legislative session.

The three bills hit on three of the biggest environmental issues in New York: Renewable energy, global warming, and hydrofracking.

One of the so-called “Super Bills,” as the groups have dubbed them, would create a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate system. Those certificates would be sold to utilities, and would result in 500 megawatts of new solar energy by 2026. But business groups have spoken out against the proposal, expressing concern about the effect the bill could have on ratepayers.

The other two priority bills would require waste from hydraulic fracturing to be subject to regulations for hazardous waste, and would require greenhouse-gas pollution to be cut by 80 percent in New York by 2050. The hydrofracking waste bill has already passed the Assembly, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

“New York State leaders have the opportunity to propel the state into a clean energy economy and protect New York’s environment and economy from the consequences of dirty energy choices,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said in a statement.

The ten groups behind the “Super Bills” effort are the Adirondack Mountain Club, Audubon New York, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Environmental Advocates of New York, Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, Long Island Pine Barrens Society, New York League of Conservation Voters, Pace Energy & Climate Center, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.