Cuomo Pledges to Phase Out Coal in New York by 2020

The Hill: “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday he aims to phase out coal-fired power plants in the state by 2020.”

“‘We will help the few remaining coal plants transition but we must clean our air and protect our health and that must be our first priority,’ he said. New York only gets about 1.3 percent of its electricity from coal, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.”

“In his speech, Cuomo also reaffirmed his plans to cut carbon pollution in New York by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. He has mandated that the state get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and pledged to add 150,000 solar panels and 300 wind turbines around the state. ”

“Cuomo’s energy pledges are among the most aggressive in the nation. Hawaii lawmakers lawmakers passed a law last year mandating 100-percent renewable energy by 2045. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has pushed to generate half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.”

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