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SIERRA CLUB * ALLIANCE FOR CLEAN ENERGY NEW YORK * CITIZEN'S CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * THE NATURE CONSERVANCY * PACE ENERGY AND CLIMATE CENTER * RENEWABLE ENERGY LONG ISLAND
For immediate release:
Thursday, April 16, 2015
For more information contact:
Adam Beitman, Sierra Club, 202-670-5585, adam.beitman@sierraclub.org
Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, ACE NY, 518-248-4556
Kate Kiely, Natural Resources Defense Council, 212-727-4592, kkiely@nrdc.org

RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY & ADVOCATES SUBMIT JOINT PRINCIPLES ON FUTURE OF LARGE-SCALE RENEWABLES IN NEW YORK

Groups Call for Enforceable Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2025, Public Comment Opportunity

ALBANY, NY. – A coalition of ten renewable energy industry and public interest organizations filed a unified set of Principles for theLarge Scale Renewables Track of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Proceeding with the New York Public Service Commission on Thursday. The document demonstrates agreement between the state’s clean energy industry and clean energy advocates on basic principles for New York’s new policy to promote large-scale renewable energy.


Since its inception in 2004, New York State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) has been a driver of clean energy investment and has been highly cost effective for New York ratepayers. New York’s large scale renewable energy projects will contribute a total of $2.7 billion in direct economic investments statewide, have added approximately 670 jobs annually to New York’s workforce, and will reduce CO2 emissions by 50 million tons over the life of the projects. Large scale renewable energy projects like wind, promote fuel diversity, protect electricity customers from volatile gas prices, and create energy security and independence.

The following joint statement was released by groups including Sierra Club, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Citizen's Campaign for the Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and Renewable Energy Long Island:


“New York’s Renewable Energy Standard expires at the end of 2015. Now, Governor Cuomo’s energy team has an opportunity to design a new long term policy that continues to promote the construction of diverse clean energy projects that will help protect the health and livelihoods of all New Yorkers, while spurring new economic benefits for the Empire state.


Governor Cuomo can lead the nation by committing to a long-term, large scale renewable energy program along with a bold new statewide renewable energy target of 50% electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. Both actions, coupled with the newly proposed Clean Energy Fund, are essential steps needed for moving New York closer to meeting the Governor’s commitment to reducing carbon pollution 80 percent by 2050. In designing this new large scale policy, New York should adhere to the following:

• New York must establish a new, enforceable renewable energy target to ensure at least 50% of New York’s electricity is obtained from renewable energy sources by 2025 in order to achieve the state’s climate goals;


• Large scale renewable energy works most effectively with long term contracts and flexible contracting mechanisms. Together, they send a clear signal to renewable energy companies and investors that New York is open for business and will be a large-scale renewable energy leader moving forward;


• The new program should be consistent across the state, including Long Island, which is ideally positioned to serve as a regional hub for the U.S. offshore wind industry;


• The new Large Scale Renewable energy program should foster diverse renewable energy technologies, particularly offshore wind;


• Citizens and other stakeholders must have opportunity for input as part of a formal public comment process.”
 

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by amcclelland  4/16/15