New York governor plans 50% renewables mandate - report
New York governor Andrew Cuomo intends to order the local utility regulator to mandate that the state sources half of its power from renewables by 2030, The New York Times reported on Sunday, citing sources briefed on the matter.
Cuomo has already announced a goal of 50% renewable electricity by that year and now wants the regulator to codify it, according to the sources.
The mandate would support the governor in his objective of achieving a 40% cut in carbon emissions from plants producing the state's electricity. The energy policy would incentivise the use of low-carbon nuclear electricity in the intervening years. The hope of state officials is to put off the shutdown of two nuclear power station on Lake Ontario and keep them in operation until 2030, when there will be hopefully enough renewable energy to meet 50% of the state's needs.