On July 18, 2019 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which establishes targets for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable electricity production, and improving energy efficiency. This page lists posts describing various aspects of this legislation.
The Citizens Budget Commission developed an overview of the CLCPA targets in Green in Perspective: 6 Facts to Help New Yorkers Understand the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The goals of the law are truly aspirational:
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
- Reduce GHG emissions to 60 percent of 1990 emissions levels in 2030;
- Generate zero GHG emissions from electricity production by 2040; and
- Ensure GHG emissions are less than 15 percent of 1990 emissions levels in 2050, with offsets to reduce net emissions to zero.
- GHG offsets means that for every ton emitted into the air one ton is removed via GHG capture of some sort. For example, a company or individual can pay a landowner to leave trees standing that would otherwise be removed or plant additional trees to offset GHG emissions.
Increase renewable electricity:
- Increase renewable sources to 70 percent by 2030; and
Develop or support:
- 9 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind electric generation by 2035;
- 6 GW of distributed photovoltaic solar generation by 2025; and
- 3 GW of energy storage capacity by 2030.
- Conserve 185 trillion British thermal units (TBTUs) of annual end-use energy use by 2025, of which at least 20 percent should be from energy efficiency improvements in disadvantaged communities.
- The CLCPA also requires between 35 percent and 40 percent of spending on clean energy or efficiency programs be in disadvantaged communities and mandates an air monitoring program in at least four such communities.
- Air Source Heat Pumps In New York April 2, 2019
- NYS Climate and Community Protection Act Rationale April 15, 2019
- How Much Will CCPA Affect Global Warming April 19 2019
- Pragmatic Take on the Climate and Community Protection Act June 2 2019
- It is Worse than I Thought June 24, 2019
- CLCPA Solar and Wind Capacity Requirements August 12, 2019
- CLCPA Energy Storage Requirements August 20, 2019
- NYS Public Participation Workshop on Regional Approaches to Climate and Transportation October 28, 2019
- October 28 2019 Buffalo NYS Public Participation Workshop on Regional Approaches to Climate and Transportation October 29, 2019