Here in New York, we are fighting climate change by holding the state accountable for implementing the necessary actions required to meet its ambitious goals. The most significant of these goals is a pledge to reduce emissions 80% by 2050.
Last year we were successful in pushing through some major changes. We advocated for the Community Risk & Resiliency Act, which aims to switch our view to a proactive mindset, boosting the state’s resilience to extreme weather events. We also successfully pushed to allow multi-unit buildings the ability to invest in renewable energy projects with utility bill credits, and we gained the support of NY-Solar to implement a $1 billion commitment to help grow the renewables industry in New York State. Most importantly, we encouraged Governor Cuomo to sign the “Under 2 MOU,” a pledge to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, lower emissions 80% by 2050, and have 50% of energy be generated by renewables in 2030.
We are continuing our efforts of advancing legislation, administration, and funding. We are working to ensure that the Reforming the Energy Vision initiative meets their goal of the stated targets for the 2030 goals in energy efficiency and renewable energy. We are working at state and local levels to secure funding, gain support from officials, and change local laws and policies to provide for the installation of more charging stations for electric cars. Another main push is our proposal of changes to be made to local laws and rules that will modernize codes and procedures for the allowance of residential solar installation.