As our country and others throughout the hemisphere reel from this record-breaking hurricane season, United Nations Climate Week that took place last month in New York City was never more timely or important. NRDC along with our partner groups, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, hosted a forum titled Clean Energy for All: Access and Equity in New York’s Clean Energy Transition, featuring speakers from the Association for Energy Affordability, BlocPower, Con Edison, Solar One, and WE ACT. There were also introductory remarks from John Rhodes, Chairman of the New York Public Service Commission and former president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), outlining many of the broad efforts the state has underway to meet our ambitious clean energy goals, such as the requirement that 50% of New York’s electric needs be met by renewable resources by 2030.
In the context of New York’s leading climate and clean energy efforts, members of the Clean Energy for All panel hammered home that access to energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services is a right, not a privilege. And for New York State to hope to reach its ambitious climate and clean energy goals it is essential that everyone in New York is able to access the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits that improve the performance, comfort and health of their buildings, along with clean, renewable electricity and heating and cooling technology for their buildings, no matter their income or address.
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