Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that new regulations have been adopted to dramatically accelerate the siting and construction of major renewable energy facilities across New York State.
According to the Governor, any projects advanced under the new regulations, which are part of the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, will help the state combat climate change and jumpstart its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act and its implementing regulations will also drive progress toward the Governor’s nation-leading clean energy and climate goals — including the directive to obtain 70 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 — as required under the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
“We’re working against the clock to protect New York State from the effects of climate change, and cutting red tape so that renewable energy sources can be built and distributed more easily is part of that effort,” Governor Cuomo said.
He added, “These new regulations will dramatically reduce the time it takes for government to approve transformative renewable projects, helping us save the environment and fostering new jobs and investment to bring our economy back from COVID-19. New York has long been a national leader on the climate change front, and this is next in a series of concrete steps our state has taken to protect the planet.”