December 18 (Renewables Now) - The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, on Monday outlined his agenda for the first 100 days of 2019, which includes a commitment to make the state’s electricity carbon neutral by 2040.
A so-called Green New Deal is just one component of Cuomo’s 20-point "2019 Justice Agenda" that was presented by him at the New York City Bar Association. The Deal is to "put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint".
Cuomo fired shots at the federal government for publicly denying a climate change-related scientific report published by itself.
“I’ve never seen something like it, and we’ve seen a lot from this federal government, but they put out a report that says one thing and then they publicly deny it,” the governor stated. He further said that New York must be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables.
Other points from Cuomo’s latest agenda cover the state’s tax system, healthcare, gender equality, education and gun violence, among other topics.
The state already has a 50% renewable electricity target by 2030. Efforts to increase the use of green energy include a plan to have 2,400 MW of offshore wind and 3,000 MW of energy storage capacity by 2030.