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
- CLCPA Renewables Needed for Doubled Electric Load December 1, 2019
- NYISO Winter Peak Analysis Implications to CLCPA December 9, 2019
- NYISO Wind Generation Record Publicity December 22, 2019
- Citizens Budget Commission Getting Greener – Findings January 6, 2020
- Citizens Budget Commission Getting Greener – How Much Renewable Energy? January 7, 2020
- Citizens Budget Commission Getting Greener – Energy Storage Estimate January 7, 2020
- Citizens Budget Commission Getting Greener Report Summary January 7, 2020
- NYISO Climate Impact Study Energy Storage Requirements January 18 2020
- CLCPA Energy Storage Costs January 22, 2020
- New York Clean Energy Dashboard January 24, 2020
- NYSERDA Toward a Clean Energy Future – A Strategic Outlook 2020-2023 February 20, 2020
- NY Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act Emissions Targets February 27, 2020
- NY GHG Emissions Status and Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Targets February 28, 2020
- 3 March 2020 New York Climate Action Council Meeting March 4, 2020
- EPRI Electrification Scenarios for New York’s Energy Future March 5, 2020
- Accelerated Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act: Electric System Concerns April 4, 2020