ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed regulations to require all power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. This regulation will achieve the goal to end the use of coal in New York State power plants by 2020.
“While Washington continues an open assault on our environment, New York is leading the charge with bold climate action to protect our future,” Governor Cuomo said. “Coal is a relic of the past, and it’s time to step up, take action, and put an end to our need for fossil fuels and focus on cleaner, more green energy solutions for the survival of our planet and future generations.”
The proposed regulations will tighten the state’s CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities by establishing CO2 emission rate requirements for existing major electric generating facilities. This will ensure the state’s remaining coal fired power plants transition to cleaner, alternative sources of energy or shut down by 2020. The Clean Climate Careers initiative will assist local communities affected by any closures.
“New York is a leader in the fight against climate change with significant investments to protect our environment,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “We’re enhancing our infrastructure across the state and pursuing projects that promote cleaner and greener energy options for our communities and residents.”