Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 26, 2007

Paterson Convenes Renewable Energy Task Force

Clean Energy Called Key to State’s Economic and Environmental Future

Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson today convened the first meeting of the state’s Renewable Energy Task Force, which will work to attract clean energy industries to New York.

"Increasing the use of clean renewable energy is good for the economy, the environment and public health. Renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and fuel cells, can help to re-charge our Upstate economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Governor Spitzer. "I am pleased to have the Lt. Governor leading our efforts to make New York a national leader in bringing clean renewable energy into our communities."

"Renewable energy development can lead us towards energy independence, provide a healthier environment for our children and stimulate our economy," Lieutenant Governor Paterson said.

The task force will:

promote energy efficiency and conservation throughout the state;

identify promising areas for state research and development;

review state policies and regulations affecting development of

renewable and alternative energy; and

develop incentives to attract clean energy industries to economically

depressed regions of the state.

Ashok Gupta of the Natural Resources Defense Council said: "I am confident that with the leadership of Lt. Governor Paterson and input from the Task Force, New York will set the new standard for the country when it comes to clean renewable energy and addressing the problem of global warming. By embracing clean, home-grown solutions such as solar, wind and advanced biofuels the state will create local jobs, lower consumer bills, reduce our dangerous dependence on oil, and reduce pollution."

Carol Murphy, Executive Director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York,

said: "By pulling together this diverse group of experts, Governor Spitzer and Lt. Gov. David Paterson have recognized that development of New York's in-state, clean energy potential can drive our economy, protect our environment and result in a more stable and secure energy supply. They should both be recognized as national leaders on this issue."

The members of the new Task Force include representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Long Island Power Authority, the New York Power Authority, the Public Service Commission, the Empire State Development Corporation, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, as well as representatives from renewable energy and alternative fuel industries, environmental and agricultural communities, academia, local government, energy policy, environmental justice, and green building and industry development sectors.

Under the state’s current Renewable Portfolio Standard, New York must meet a goal of 25 percent renewable energy generation by 2013.

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