New York Governor Proposes End to Coal Use in State by 2020

By Editors of Power Engineering

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yet another initiative that would greatly alter the state’s generation mix by proposing regulations to end the use of coal for power generation in the state by 2020.

The regulations would establish new carbon emissions limits strict enough to ensure the state’s coal plants will have to switch to other fuels or close.

“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 proposal is now up for public comment, and three public hearings on the matter have been scheduled for July.

Cuomo’s other power plans include investing $3 billion to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind energy and 1,500 MW of energy storage. Cuomo is up for re-election later this year.

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