Friday, September 24, 2004

New York Establishes Policy to Ensure 25% Renewable Energy Production by 2013

The New York Public Service Commission voted on Wednesday to accept a plan that would require the state to produce 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013. The Syracuse Post-Standard has this report on the plan. According to the Post-Standard,"the program will subsidize a variety of technologies, such as tidal power and fuel cells," but the biggest impact will be on wind farms, with 2400 megawatts of new wind generated power expected in the state by 2013 -- a 50-fold increase over current wind energy production levels.

The press release from the Public Service Commission, provides more details on the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policy. The PSC estimates that implementation of the RPS policy will result in a reduction of "statewide air emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 6.8 percent, sulfur dioxide (SO2) by 5.9 percent, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 7.7 percent, with a greater proportion of emission reductions expected in New York City and Long Island."

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