New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon mandate that 50 percent of the state’s power come from green energy by 2030.
Cuomo has pushed for more green energy use in New York but has yet to codify his goals into law. Cuomo is now calling for strict emission limits and a mandate that utilities use green energy sources like wind and solar, reports The New York Times.
Green energy currently accounts for 25 percent of New York’s electricity, though hydro power remains the main source, providing 20 percent of renewable power. Wind and solar power together only generate about 4 percent of New York’s electricity, reports Syracuse.com
New York’s policy shift in the direction of green energy likely means higher overall energy costs, but environmentalists are applauding the move despite the potential electricity price increases.
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