The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) has announced a statewide series of public statement hearings, starting May 10, to provide information and take comments on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to mandate 50% of all electricity to come from “clean and renewable” sources by 2050.
Cuomo has directed the Public Service Commission to design and enact a new Clean Energy Standard mandating that 50% of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable energy sources.
The proposed Clean Energy mandate also includes a proposal to support emissions-free upstate nuclear power and provisions to ensure that the state meets its goal of 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
The mandate is part of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), Cuomo’s strategy to create an energy system that is “cleaner, more resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers,” according to a May 5 new release from DPS.
The hearings run through the end of May. The format for the gatherings includes an information session and public statement hearing during both the afternoon and evening at all hearing sites.
The hearings are scheduled for Binghamton on May 10; Amherst on May 11; Rochester on May 12; and May 17 for Suffolk County and Albany. Hearings are scheduled May 18 for Queens County; Nassau County and Plattsburgh. On May 25 there will be a hearing in Oswego; May 25 in Syracuse; May 26 in Kingston; and May 31 in Manhattan.
In addition to speaking at the formal hearings, members of the public desiring to comment may submit written comments by sending them electronically to the Commission’s Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments should refer to Case 14-M-0101. Individuals may also submit comments electronically on the Commission’s website by clicking the “Post Comments” button for case number 15-E-0302.