Today, Governor Cuomo announced a number of 2019 priorities in a speech at Hunter College in New York City. As part of this, the Governor committed New York to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. This goal would be among the most ambitious in the country and is 5 years ahead of California's new goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. We welcome this announcement and we urge Governor Cuomo to consider important new-term steps to achieving this goal, including adopting policies that will unlock one million solar-powered homes in the next 5 years.
In response to this announcement, Vote Solar's Senior Director for the Northeast, Sean Garren, issued the following statement:
"Governor Cuomo's commitment to moving New York to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 will lead the Empire State and the nation towards a future with healthy communities, a safe climate, and a strong clean energy economy. The Governor's leadership is critical as President Trump does his best to hold our country back on climate change and undermine the hundreds of thousands of jobs in our booming clean energy economy.
“This new commitment is powerful, and we need a good near-term plan for achieving it. We must make immediate progress to help families struggling to pay their bills, communities desperate for clean air and water, and an economy needing new jobs and investment today. Powering one million New York homes with solar would deliver just that - immediately accelerating the growth of local clean energy, good jobs, and savings on high electric bills for New York families, businesses and municipalities. It would also ensure the clean energy economy we are building is more equitable by delivering concrete and direct benefits to 100,000 low-income homes served with solar.
"We applaud Governor Cuomo's leadership on clean energy and climate and call on him to pair this landmark commitment with a near-term goal of powering one million homes, including 100,000 low-income households, with solar by 2023. This will be a critical step to setting New York on the path that leads to 100% carbon-free energy by 2040."