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New York's Energy and Climate Portfolio

New York State has built a portfolio of programs and policies that will lower energy use, reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for unavoidable climate change. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has strengthened this portfolio with strategic statewide plans to make New York's energy systems more resilient and reliable and enhance the state's energy competitiveness.

A representative from DEC speaking about Climate Change

Links on this page access websites of the agencies involved with administering the key energy and climate programs listed below. These websites are the best source for complete and updated information on New York's energy and climate programs.

Statewide Energy and Climate Planning

New York State Energy Plan - Vision for New York's energy future that connects a vibrant private sector market with communities and individual customers to create an affordable, reliable, resilient, and dynamic clean energy economy. A final plan will be released after review of public comments.

Charge NY - Initiative aiming to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations and to put up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road during the next five years.

Transportation and Climate Initiative - A regional collaboration that seeks to develop the clean energy economy, reduce oil dependence and advance greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the transportation sector.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reduction

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - Regional cap-and-invest program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from electric power generating facilities and help support adoption of clean energy practices.

Build Smart NY - Executive Order 88 to improve energy efficiency in state buildings 20 percent by 2020, by measuring building energy performance in all state buildings larger than 20,000 square feet and targeting the largest and poorest performing buildings for energy audits, efficiency upgrades and best operations and maintenance practices. The related Five Cities Master Planning Project seeks public input on ways to improve energy planning and coordination, energy distribution and supply, energy efficiency in buildings and transportation.

Energy Efficiency

NYSERDA's Home Energy Efficiency Programs - Including Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and EmPower New York

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Sets efficiency standards and provides funds for acquiring renewable energy and/or renewable energy attributes and helping New York State achieve its renewable energy target.

NY Sun - Dynamic public-private partnership that will drive growth in the solar industry and make solar technology more affordable for all New Yorkers.

Renewable Heat NY - Supports the installation of high-efficiency, low emission wood heating technology for residential, municipal, and commercial buildings. These advanced technology heating systems enable consumers to use local wood pellets and cordwood as fuel in a cleaner way.

Small Wind Turbine Program - Provides support for installing small wind turbines in size up to 2 MW per site.

New York's Energy Economy

NY Green Bank - Enables greater private investment in New York State's growing clean energy economy by opening up financing markets and expanding availability of capital.