New York State to Encourage Renewable Energy

The Governor of New York has issued an Executive Order to increase the purchase of renewable energy and the adoption of energy efficiency measures at government facilities in the state.

ALBANY, New York, US, 2001-06-15 [SolarAccess.com] The Governor of New York has issued an Executive Order to increase the purchase of renewable energy and the adoption of energy efficiency measures at government facilities in the state. The order from George Pataki encourages production of electricity from renewable energy by mandating that state agencies purchase no less than 10 percent of their overall facility energy requirements from green power sources by 2005. The level must increase to 20 percent by 2010. The eligibility covers wind, solar, biomass, geothermal or fuel cells. The order also requires state agencies to increase purchases of energy efficient products though procurement process, implement energy efficient practices at state buildings, and follow ‘green building’ standards during new construction or substantial renovation projects. “With this new Executive Order, New York State is setting an example for the rest of the nation by promoting energy conservation and efficiency, reducing demands on our energy grid, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” says Pataki. Pataki also formed a Greenhouse Gas Task Force to develop policy recommendations that would reduce GHG emissions and the resulting impact on global warming. The 16 members of the Task Force include the vice president of Ford Motor, the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, vice president of Corning, chairman of the League of Conservation Voters, president of Niagara Mohawk Power, legal counsel at Environmental Defense, vice president of Alcan Aluminum, and other representatives from the business community, environmental organizations, state agencies and universities. “I am committed to positioning New York State as a national leader on the critically important issue of reducing greenhouse gases,” adds Pataki. “In addition to creating this important new Task Force, I also urge the federal government to immediately take action to further reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and carbon dioxide. “New York has the most aggressive program in the nation to combat acid rain, and we urge the federal government to support our efforts by instituting a nationwide program that will result in major reductions in these four pollutants,” he says. “Greenhouse gases are a global concern that need to be addressed at the national and international levels, and I look forward to working with our Congressional delegation and the White House on this vital environmental issue.” The Task Force will report back to Pataki with specific policy recommendations before November 15, so the initiatives can be considered for incorporation in the state Energy Plan that will be drafted by December. The final energy plan will be released next spring. “It is crucial that everyone work together to address these important environmental and energy issues at the state, national and global level,” concludes Pataki. “The steps I have announced today will lower greenhouse gas emissions and also reduce energy costs, making us less dependent on energy imported from outside New York and helping to protect our air quality.”
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