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Republicans call for state to broaden definition of ‘zero emission’ energy sources

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Republicans in the New York State Senate urged the state to broaden its definition of zero emissions energy sources as it aims to transition to cleaner, more renewable fuel types in the coming years.


Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt and other GOP lawmakers in the Senate’s Energy Committee voiced their recommendations during the Public Service Commission’s effort to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s objectives.

The Republicans underscored the concerns over potential strain on energy supplies and increased utility bills as New York leans towards wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

The GOP lawmakers have called for a comprehensive study to ensure the State’s electricity grid can cope with the emissions reduction mandates and the Climate Action Council’s plan for a zero emissions electricity grid by 2040.

As New York City is projected to face an energy shortage of up to 446 megawatts by 2025, the state is planning major offshore wind projects off the coast of Long Island to address the carbon emissions issue.