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Monday, November 30, 2009

Countdown to Copenhagen: Climate change, policy and innovation in New York State

Countdown to Copenhagen ... 75 world leaders will participate, along with a stop by President Obama on Dec. 9th

The US is committing to a provisional target of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% reduction by 2050.  The Brookings Institution noted, this may be the most complicated international political endeavor of all time.  A set of domestic policy themes emerged from the ACORE renewable energy event in DC. 1) Need for a national plan that puts price on carbon. 2) Federal government needs transmission & distribution siting and cost allocation authority if states cannot act. 3) Support for the Clean Energy Development Authority (to aid both innovative and proven technologies). 4) Importance of a national renewable energy standard and ability of feed-in-tariffs to drive market development.

Here in New York, the State Energy Planning Board has prepared a comprehensive draft State Energy Plan that identifies goals to make energy more reliable, secure and affordable for New Yorkers, while addressing climate change. 

Read the draft New York State Energy Plan: