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Researchers & Policymakers

Big ideas take hold in New York State

New York is a leader in clean energy, and recognizes the importance of data and research to inform policy and help reform our energy system.

Exploring energy options

Transmission lines

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 600 TBtu increase in statewide energy efficiency from 2012 levels, and a commitment to generate half of New York’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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

People gathered around conference table to review reports and graphs

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.

Brilliance in outdoor lighting

roadway in Yonkers using solid-state lighting

Solid-state lighting is rapidly becoming the preferred option for outdoor lighting because it is more efficient and economical than conventional bulbs. LEDs also offer several benefits for residential and commercial outdoor lighting applications including energy efficiency and a long-life span.