Cuomo proposes greater offshore wind, solar targets for New York

New York sunrise. Author:Anthony Quintano. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

January 16 (Renewables Now) - New York governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a 9-GW offshore wind goal by 2035 and a 6-GW distributed solar target by 2025 as part of an ambitious plan for the state to achieve carbon neutrality.

The plan, outlined in Cuomo's 2019 Justice Agenda on Tuesday, also includes 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030.

"Amidst the Trump Administration’s assault on the environment and in order to continue New York’s progress in the fight against climate change, Governor Cuomo is announcing New York’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that will put the state on a path to carbon neutrality across all sectors of New York’s economy," the governor said.

The cornerstone of the agenda is lifting New York’s Clean Energy Standard mandate to 70% renewable electricity by 2030 from 50% previously.

Under the proposal the state’s offshore wind target jumps from 2.4 GW by 2030 to 9 GW by 2035. About USD 200 million (EUR 175.5m) of investments will be made in port infrastructure. The state will also evaluate and facilitate the development of an offshore transmission grid.

The deployment goal for distributed solar generation capacity rises to 6 GW by 2025 from 3 GW by 2023 under NY-Sun. In line with that, Cuomo will direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme.

Governor Cuomo also announced plans for some USD 1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects in upstate New York with a total capacity of 1.65 GW. Some of these projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.878)

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