New York Plots Path to Renewable Energy Goal

ALBANY (AP) -

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of generating half the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The Democratic governor’s administration confirmed Monday that it will task the state’s Public Service Commission with enforcing the 50 percent target. About 26 percent of the state’s power now comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Cuomo is expected to make reducing emissions and boosting green energy a focus of his state-of-the-state address in January, a speech used to lay out priorities for the state budget and the coming year. The 2015 New York State Energy Plan also calls for a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels.

Environmentalist groups praised the effort to make the renewable energy goal a reality — especially given upcoming climate talks in Paris. Former Vice President Al Gore called it “terrific and bold action.”