The New York government in the US is planning to accelerate its energy-efficiency plan in the state in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs, as well as create job opportunities.
By accelerating its energy-efficiency plan, the government intends to meet New York’s climate goal of a 40% reduction by 2030.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said: “Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way for New Yorkers to lower utility bills, curb harmful emissions and battle climate change.
“As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to safeguard our environment, we must continue our bold action to reduce emissions and protect all New Yorkers, today and in the future, from the devastating effects of climate change.”
The initiative is said to be part of the governor’s State of the State proposal to develop a milestone Earth Day energy-efficiency target and comprehensive strategy.
By introducing the new strategies, the government aims to increase annual electricity savings to more than 3% by 2025.
Under the new initiative, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will invest an additional $36.5m to train more than 19,500 New Yorkers for clean energy jobs to support this rapidly growing industry.
New York State Energy and Finance chairman Richard Kauffman said: “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is taking tremendous strides to reduce the costs of clean energy, support private sector investment, grow the clean energy economy across the state, and create opportunities for new good jobs.
“All New Yorkers will benefit as the market delivers energy efficiency more cost-effectively, creating a healthier and safer environment in the process.”