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Building an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy

A Clean Energy Economy for Everyone

We’re working toward the Climate Act goal of driving 40% of the benefits of clean energy spending to Disadvantaged Communities.

We’re working toward a strong and inclusive clean energy economy to bring economic opportunities and healthier environments for all New Yorkers. Communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, including environmental justice, low- to moderate-income (LMI) families, communities of color, and Disadvantaged Communities, have disproportionately been impacted by energy costs, pollution, and lack of workforce opportunities.

Realizing the goals of the Climate Act Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. will require foundational shifts in the development and implementation of clean energy policy, programs, and processes to ensure opportunities for communities and residents to participate in and benefit from the clean energy economy. To advance these objectives, NYSERDA will focus investments to:

How We’re Advancing an Equitable Clean Energy Economy

The Barriers and Opportunities Report [PDF] Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. outlines how to incorporate justice and equity in climate and energy programs.

Overcoming barriers faced by Disadvantaged Communities in accessing the economic and health benefits of clean energy is essential for a just and equitable transition. NYSERDA is building its capacity to drive equity and help realize an inclusive clean energy economy through its direct investment, as well as through its work with community-based organizations, utilities, and State agencies.

Specifically, NYSERDA’s key strategies include:

Achieving an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy

Communities, businesses, and residents across New York will have access to economic opportunities in the just transition to a clean energy economy. Support and training will reduce barriers for residents of Disadvantaged Communities and priority populations to participate and prosper in the growing clean energy workforce.

This inclusion will also advance equitable access to clean energy solutions, including clean transportation, solar and energy storage, and clean heating and cooling to reduce emissions, improve public health, and enhance resilience to climate change. New York State will regularly engage with climate-vulnerable communities and ensure their representation in decision-making and policymaking.

Key Programs and Initiatives

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