Researchers & Policymakers

Big ideas take hold in New York State

Exploring energy options

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New York State is transforming its energy policy. The State Energy Plan is a comprehensive roadmap that targets a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, a 23% decrease in energy consumption, and generating half of New York’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. The plan coordinates Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s energy strategy known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and the Clean Energy Standard. REV is the strategy to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Modernizing New York State’s electric grid

New York State’s electric grid is an awe-inspiring but inefficient system. Solar and other clean energy sources reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuels while improving the environment and public health. Across New York State, the transition is also underway to use electricity where it is generated rather than transmitting it over long distances. In addition, the electric grid is being upgraded to a “smart grid,” which is modernized with advanced equipment and communications technologies.

Innovate together

It takes an innovation ecosystem to develop clean energy technology ideas and successfully launch them in the marketplace. New York State has incubators, university and government laboratories, experts and thought leaders, support for entrepreneurs, and other resources so that the ideas can change the way the world uses energy.

Environmental research informs energy policy

Innovative research techniques, long-term monitoring, and sound energy policy work together to preserve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. Using scientific research and analysis can help show how energy production affects the natural world. Policymakers can use that information to help protect the air, water, and living things and mitigate New York State for the effects of climate change.

Tracking energy-related prices and trends

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Need to know what percentage of residents use gas for heat in New York State? Or the heating degree day for Rochester? How many electric vehicle charging stations are installed in the State? Or the average price of home heating oil? NYSERDA collects and reports a broad range of energy pricing and data and trends related to New York State.

 

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