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 energy related GHG emissions including carbon dioxide by 8%. That equals removing more than 5 million cars from the road. In New York, the transportation (36%) and homes/buildings (25%) sectors contribute the most GHG emissions.

New York State greenhouse gas inventory

Green House Gas Inventory: 4% Industry, 2% Other Emissions, 16% Power Plants, 25% Homes & Buildings, 36% Transportation


36% of greenhouse gas emission in New York State come from the transportation section. 25% come from homes and buildings, 16% from power plants, 5% from industry, and 2% from other emission sources.

The total amount of renewable energy that New York can consume is 28.1%.


The total amount of renewable energy that New York can consume is 28.1%.

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 consume is 28.1%.

Solar power growth

Solar panels can be installed either on a roof or on the ground at homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and many other locations. These panels generate electric power.

Graph showing increase of solar installations from 2010 to 2018 in Megawatts - 26.5 in 2010, 31.5 in 2011, 50.2 in 2012, 84.7 in 2013, 137.2 in 2014, 229.5 in 2015, 265.5 in 2016, 265.7 in 2017, and 329 in 2018


Capacity of Solar Electric Systems Installed for Homes and Businesses
Year Megawatts (MW) Installed
2010 26.5 MW
2011 31.5 MW
2012 50.2 MW
2013 84.7 MW
2014 137.2 MW
2015 229.5 MW
2016 265.5 MW
2017 265.7 MW
2018 329.0 MW

Saving Could Power More Than 1 Million Homes for One Year


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.


Electric vehicle charging increased

New York has an ever-growing infrastructure for charging electric cars at home and on the go. New York electric car drivers can now find easy-to-access outlets across the State at work, shopping, and other destinations.

Chart showing increase of electric vehicle charging outlets from 2011 to 2018


Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Year Approximate Electric Vehicle Outlets
2011 400
2012 600
2013 800
2014 1,000
2015 1,300
2016 1,600
2017 2,000
2018 3,300

Data for charging outlets include public retail locations, multifamily buildings, and outlets for private fleet customers. This does not include outlets installed in single-family homes.