Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Progress

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As NYS continues to work toward meeting the goals laid out in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA),  the state’s Climate Action Council has been presented with potential “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization.” The presentation at yesterday’s Council meeting, outlined key takeaways from a consulting group’s analysis of actions to date in NYS and a review of relevant literature including:

  1. Deep decarbonization is feasible using existing technologies
  2. All scenarios that achieve carbon neutrality share four pillars
    1. Energy efficiency, conservation and end-use electrification
    2. Switching to low-carbon fuels
    3. Decarbonizing the electricity supply
    4. Negative emissions measures and carbon capture technologies
  3. Given the unprecedented scale of the transformation major investments in new infrastructure across all sectors is needed
  4. Consumer decision-making plays a large role in the transition, such as in passenger vehicles and household energy use
  5. Achievement of real transformation over 30 years requires action now
  6. Flexibility along multiple dimensions is key to maintaining reliability and reducing cost of a 100% zero-emission electricity system

Work on the scenarios presented as well as additional scenarios is ongoing.

Access the meeting agenda and presentation here:

The meeting of the NYS Climate Action Council follows Tuesday’s announcement by DEC of the formation of the Climate Justice Working Group.

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And the filing of a white paper by NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service advancing a framework for implementation of the CLCPA. As described in a NYSERDA press release, the white paper “introduces an expanded Clean Energy Standard (CES), re-focusing New York’s existing and relevant regulatory and procurement structures on meeting the critical goal of meeting 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and setting the State on a rapid and irreversible path to achieve a carbon free power sector by 2040 in order to align with the goals laid out in New York’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.”

Access the press release, including a link to the white paper here: