News Release | Environment New York

Cuomo Administration Signals Strong Interest to Pursue Offshore Wind Power for New York

 Environmental groups are applauding the Cuomo Administration for announcing that New York State will participate in a federal auction to obtain a lease for offshore wind energy development in an area 11 miles off the Rockaways. By signaling their intent to pursue this lease and facilitate the development of an offshore wind project, the Cuomo Administration is showing much-needed innovative leadership to finally launch an offshore wind industry for New York. A large-scale commitment to offshore wind power will be needed to ensure New York becomes a global climate leader by meeting Governor Cuomo’s goal of producing 50% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This action offers a promising opportunity to begin building the large-scale, long-term offshore wind program necessary to unleash the many benefits responsibly developed offshore wind power will bring to New York.

Heather Leibowitz, Director for Environment New York said, "We commend Governor Cuomo and New York energy officials' decision to join in the auction of offshore wind leases off of Long Island.  It’s a critical step forward that makes it much more likely we can meet our environmental challenges and our clean energy goals. We look forward to working with state leaders and other stakeholders in the efforts to capture this immense pollution-free resource and move the Empire State to 100 percent renewable energy.”  

News Release | Environment New York

Interior Announces Milestone for New York Offshore Commercial Wind Energy

Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced it will offer 80,000 acres of federal waters for lease for offshore wind energy development off the Rockaways in New York. This Wind Energy Area is located approximately 11 miles off the coast of Long Island and totals about 81,130 acres.

News Release | Environment New York

Organizations Urge NY to Lead Charge on RGGI Reforms to Advance Cuomo Climate & Clean Energy Goals

As nine states, including New York, evaluate major changes to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first cap on carbon pollution from power plants – 58 environmental, public health and clean energy organizations and businesses are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to push for RGGI reforms that will put Northeastern states on a trajectory to cut power plant pollution by more than half through 2030. The organizations delivered a letter to the Governor this week, praising his clean energy and climate leadership, and urging him to take the next step forward by advocating for an extension of RGGI cap reductions through 2030 that will require an annual five percent reduction in carbon pollution from power plants.


News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo Rejects the Constitution Pipeline

On Friday, there was a huge victory for our environment and health when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas pipeline. The Constitutional Pipeline Project was proposed to transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania into New York’s Southern Tier and on to the Capitol Region. The pipeline would have crossed four counties in New York, putting at risk hundred of streams and wetlands. 

News Release | Environment New York

Bid to block clean water protections fails in U.S. Senate

Today the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 56-42, rejected a move by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to block the Obama administration's landmark Clean Water Rule. Meanwhile yesterday, more than two dozen senators led by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a comprehensive package to protect our drinking water from lead and other health threats.