Jan. 8, 2014 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo will increase the state's reliance on renewable energy with a series of proposals he announced Wednesday during his State of the State address.
The state wants to transforms schools into solar hubs that will connect entire neighborhoods to alternative energy sources. It will increase the reliance on wood to power the energy grid and will hold a $40 million competitive grant program for communities that create electric “microgrids” that can disconnect from the power grid during extreme weather. It will also reduce the approval process for transmission lines from four years to 10 months as long as they follow an existing path.
For all the talk of clean energy that has few emissions, Cuomo never touched on natural gas, which he is pushing to use over coal and other dirtier fossil fuels even as he extends the moratorium on fracking in New York to its sixth year. More than 1,000 anti-fracking activists from around the state rallied outside the convention center. A long-term energy plan passed on Tuesday by the state Energy Planning Board — which includes some Cuomo appointees — also calls for more reliance on natural gas because of its lower emissions. read more>>>