2022: Big Plans for Tackling Climate Change in New York!
Governor Kathy Hochul gave New York a lot to look forward to in 2022 in her State of the State address on January 5th. There are hundreds of pages covering her agenda for this year, including ambitious proposals to equitably decarbonize New York’s buildings sector and advance renewables and clean transportation. The outlined agenda is critical to improving New York’s environment and implementing the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York’s nation-leading “carbon neutrality by 2050” law – and will result in myriad benefits for New Yorkers, including improved air quality and public health outcomes and the creation of good, local jobs. (Apropos of 2022 goals, including many policies highlighted in the State of the State, and with a great roundup of NRDC’s NY victories in 2021, too, see my colleagues’ Richard Schrader and Marissa Guerrero’s blog.)
There is much to be celebrated in the State of the State on buildings. The Governor focused on the electrification of 2 million homes, with at least 800,000 of those for low-to moderate-income households; committing to electrify at least one million homes and make a million more electrification-ready (making them more energy efficient and upgrading their electrical systems to accommodate installing all-electric heating and hot water appliances when they need to replace their current ones). To help pay for these upgrades, the Governor proposed creating a dedicated green electrification fund to electrify low-income homes in NYS Homes and Community Renewal's new $25 billion, five-year housing capital plan. NRDC is a part of the BEEP-NY campaign which has been calling on the Governor to set bold equitable electrification goals, sending a letter to the Governor in October signed by over 200 organizations—so thank you Governor Hochul!
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