By Editors of Power Engineering
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a sweeping new energy plan that would eliminate coal use while developing at least 800 MW of offshore wind and 1,500 MW of energy storage.
The plan, unveiled as part of the governor’s 2018 State of the State, was touted as both addressing climate change and driving the economy.
"New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy," Governor Cuomo said. "With this proposal, New York is taking bold action to fight climate change and protect our environment, while supporting and growing 21st century jobs in these cutting-edge renewable industries."
The proposals include a call to adopt regulations that would end the use of coal in New York power plants by 2020.
Cuomo’s move would also call for solicitations for at least 800 MW of wind power in two RFPs to be held in 2018 and 2019. The governor’s office had already called for the development of up to 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030 in last year’s State of the State.
To help attract proposals, Cuomo is also calling for $15 million in renewable energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement, as well as the identification of promising public and private offshore wind port infrastructure investments.
Cuomo’s plan to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 comes as part of an effort to update the area’s energy infrastructure, as well as the intermittency of wind and solar. The proposal called for the employment of 30,000 New Yorkers to “establish New York as a home for this rapidly expanding clean tech industry.”
To help reduce barriers to deploying energy storage, such as permitting, customer acquisition, interconnection and financing, the plan calls for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to invest at least $60 million.
The governor also plans to introduce new rules to implement a 30 percent reduction of the cap on greenhouse gas emissions agreed upon by members of the nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states last year. This reduction is targeted for 2030.
The move would largely affect power generating plants with a capacity of 25 MW or fewer, that were left out of previous RGGI agreements.
Finally, Cuomo called for the U.S. Climate Alliance, formed with the governors of California and Washington State, to reconvene the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment disbanded by the Trump administration. This committee would again provide recommendations to the federal government on addressing climate change.