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Tuesday, November 24, 2015   

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make getting half the state's electric power from renewable sources by the year 2030 a requirement, but some energy advocates say that's not enough.

With the United Nations Climate Change conference beginning next week, the governor is putting the pressure on to clean up New York's power supply. He says the ultimate goal is an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

But Mark Dunlea, co-coordinator of the 100 Percent Renewables Now New York Campaign, says the target for renewable energy is too low.

"The carbon emissions from electricity are only about a third of the state's carbon footprint," says Dunlea. "So, he's actually talking about a small percentage of the state's carbon footprint and then, he sets very minimal goals."

The state failed to meet its previous goal of getting 30 percent of electricity from renewable sources by the end of this year.

At the U.N. Climate Change conference, many nations will be asking to lower the goal for the world's maximum allowable temperature increase. And according to Dunlea, New York needs to raise its goal for how much electricity it gets from renewable sources much higher, in order to reach its target for carbon reductions.

"If you want to be at 80 percent by 2050, you actually probably need to be about 80 percent renewables by 2030, because it's the last 10 to 15 percent which is the most challenging," says Dunlea.

Environmentalists were encouraged by Cuomo's veto of a proposed offshore liquefied natural gas port, a move that could clear the way for developing offshore wind power. According to Dunlea, that could be critical to meeting energy goals but the state has not committed to a plan.

"We've seen both Massachusetts and New Jersey step up to the plate with some offshore wind proposals, and Rhode Island is already beginning to move," he says. "New York is falling further and further behind."

Clean-energy advocates are also concerned that the state may be diverting some efforts away from renewables to keep two unprofitable upstate nuclear power plants in operation.


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