“At a time when President Trump’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working overtime to benefit fossil fuel interests and halt the development of clean energy projects, Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking critical steps to streamline the siting process for renewable energy that will continue New York State’s leadership role in building a clean energy future. From mitigation banks that protect endangered species to providing local communities with additional incentives to embrace projects to improving transmission – these are changes NYLCV recommended in our 2019 “Breaking Down the Barriers to Renewable Energy Siting Recommendations Report” and we are encouraged to see action by Governor Cuomo. We are still reviewing the details of this proposal, but this is a major change that will likely dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes renewable energy developers to build projects while continuing a rigorous environmental review process. NYLCV is encouraged that these changes will help us achieve the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s goals of 70% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean energy by 2040. We look forward to working with the Administration and legislature to enact smart policy that will pave the way for a green energy future,” said Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters.