In 2019, New York passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, a monumental bill that set nation-leading climate targets.
The state is seeking to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, zero-emission electricity by 2040, and an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
By 2035, New York is hoping to produce 6,000 megawatts of solar, 3,000 megawatts of energy storage and 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy. Those ambitious goals are just what the world needs to avoid a climate catastrophe.
It’s one thing to set a target, but another to make headway to meeting those objectives. In this year’s State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with the company Equinor Wind US to develop two new wind farms off the shore of Long Island.
Combined, the wind energy projects are expected to yield 2,490 megawatts of carbon-free energy.
But that’s not all. Cuomo announced that that the Port of Albany will be home to an offshore wind tower manufacturing facility. At the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Equinor will establish a wind turbine staging facility and operations and maintenance hub.
The Sunset Park project will create 1,200 good-paying green jobs, and Equinor will work with community groups on job training and access.
The governor’s green agenda also includes constructing New York’s green energy transmission “superhighway,” developing storage projects, and training a green energy workforce.
These projects, including the activation of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, is a major win for the state, longtime environmental activists and the environment. It positions New York not only as a leader on climate action, but a model for other states to follow.
With bold ideas like Councilman Costa Constantinides’s Renewable Rikers Island and Renewable Row, and of course Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, we may be able to save our planet while creating good jobs.
It’s up to our lawmakers on all levels of government to support these proposals and make sure they are implemented the right way.