New York

New York has long been a leader in climate policy, passing one of the most ambitious climate policies in the country in 2019.

Legislative Profile

Governor: Kathy Hochul (D)

House: Democratic supermajority

Senate: Democratic supermajority

U.S. Climate Alliance Member

Key Resources

New York State Energy Profile — U.S. EIA
NY Climate Portal — NY State Climate Act
New York Legal Profile — Lawyers for Good Government
New York State Disadvantaged Communities Barriers and Opportunities Report NYSERDA and NYSDEC

Emissions Reduction Targets

By 2030:

40%

By 2050:

85%

By 2050:

Net-zero

All targets relative to 1990 levels

2019 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture
Source: EPA State Inventory Tool (SIT)

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Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

40% by 2030 | 85% by 2050 | net-zero by 2050 Relative to 1990 levels

Mandate Source

Mandatory – S.6599 – Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (2019)

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan (2021)

Plan Status

Draft – Due by the end of 2022

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

NY Climate Action Council

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

1990-2019 GHG Emissions Inventory (December 2021)

Mandate Source

S 6599  (2019)

Green Bank

NY Green Bank

Establishing Legislation

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 1.5 out of 2 points**

Public Fleet ZEV Requirements

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

Mandate Source

S.6599 – Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (2019)

Definition

“Disadvantaged communities” means communities that bear burdens of negative public health effects, environmental pollution, impacts of climate change, and possess certain socioeconomic criteria, or comprise high-concentrations of low- and moderate-income households.

Include race? Yes | Include income? Yes | Include pollution burden? Yes

State EJ Mapping Tools

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

S.5699 (2019) – 35%, with a goal of 40%, of investments go to Disadvantaged Communities

EJ Bureaucracy

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

Adaptation and Resilience Plans

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

S06617B (2014) – Community Risk and Resiliency Act

Regulation Part 490 (2017) – Requires the consideration of sea level rise for certain permits, approval, and funding

Built/Hard Infrastructure

Grid Resilience Measures

AB 8763 (2022) – Requires electric corporations to submit climate resiliency plans that outline storm hardening and resiliency measures

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

State Funding

Development Funding

A 2003 (2019) – Enacts the Aid to Localities Budget

Disaster Relief Funding

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Target

70% renewable electricity by 2030 | 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040

Legislation

SB 6599 (2019)

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 0 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 7 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Grid and Utility Reform

Clean Energy Plan

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 7th

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 2 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Buildings & Efficiency

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Building Energy Codes

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Statewide code – 2018 IECC

Stretch or Reach Codes

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Efficiency Programs and Incentives

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 3 out of 4*

Energy Auditing Programs

Retrocommissioning Programs

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 7 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 4 out of 5*

Standards and Market Mechanisms

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 4 out of 5*

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards and Incentives

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

New York ZEV Program

EV Targets and Sales Requirements

A4302 / S2758 (2021) – By 2035: 100% of new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State are zero-emission

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Advanced Clean Trucks Rule

EV Sales Requirements

A4302 / S2758 (2021) – 100% of new medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles sold in New York State to be zero-emission by 2045

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 4 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

State Planning and Investment

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Decarbonization Plan

EV and EV Charging Infrastructure Plans

EV Transit Bus Deployment

The ACEEE Transportation Electrification Scorecard analyzes the level of investment and policies states adopt to procure electric transit buses. States can earn up to 6 points.

ACEEE Score – 4 out of 6 points

Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists’ State Report Cards evaluate and rank the safety and efficiency of active transportation systems across all 50 states.

50-state Ranking – 13th

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Financial Incentives

Climate Resilient Farming Program

A 05368A (2021) – Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act

Technical Assistance & Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Food Waste Ban – Required for businesses and institutions that generate 2 tons of food waste per week

Mandate Source

Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law (2019)

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Regulations

HFC Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 494 (2020)

Methane Regulations

SF6 Regulations

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buy Clean Requirements

A 2591A (2021) – Establishes guidelines for the procurement of low embodied carbon concrete and requires the state to set an emissions standard for concrete used in public works.

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Last Updated June 2022