Clean Energy Powers New York

New York's role as a national leader in clean energy is built upon its continued commitment and investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. As part of its efforts, the State has developed clean energy programs designed to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The results of these efforts are all New Yorkers benefiting from a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Since 1990, New York State has decreased GHG emissions including carbon dioxide by 12%. That equals removing more than 5 million cars from the road. In New York, the transportation (34%) and homes/buildings (31%) sectors contribute the most GHG emissions.

Green House Gas Inventory

22% Renewable Sources

Renewable energy growth

Using renewable energy reduces the need for energy from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. New York’s renewable energy production comes from such sources as hydropower, solar, and wind. The total amount of renewable energy that New York can generate at the utility scale has grown from 20% in 2010 to 22% in 2013.

Graph showing increase of solar installations from 2010 to 2014

Solar power quadrupled

Solar panels can be installed either on a roof or in the ground at homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and many other locations. These panels generate electric power. Since the launch of NY-Sun, the amount of solar electric power that could be generated in New York increased four-fold.


Energy savings translated

New York has saved the electricity equivalent of powering 1 million homes annually through energy efficiency programs that enable homes and businesses to use less energy.

State of energy efficiency

New York is the 2nd most energy efficient state in the nation because of the very low amount of energy used per resident.


Electric vehicle outlets increased

New York is developing an infrastructure that promotes cleaner transportation. In 2010, when the major car companies started selling plug-in electric vehicles, only 12 public and private charging outlets were available to power them up.

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In 2014, with nearly 12,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered in New York, drivers have more than 1,100 easy-to-access outlets across the State at destinations such as airports, grocery stores, and workplaces.

Chart showing increase of electric vehicle charging outlets from 2011 to 2014