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Hochul accelerates NY’s renewable energy transmission efforts

Governor Kathy Hochul is taking steps to boost New York’s renewable energy capacity by fast-tracking the development of energy transmission lines. The new initiative, under the Renewable Action Through Project Interconnection and Deployment (RAPID) Act, aims to streamline the permitting process for these crucial infrastructures. This follows the establishment of the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) four years ago, which significantly increased the number of permitted clean energy projects.


New York’s ambitious renewable energy goals face a significant hurdle: the efficient transmission of energy produced in upstate regions to high-demand areas like New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. The RAPID Act seeks to address this by speeding up the deployment of transmission lines, essential for connecting upstate renewable energy sources to downstate consumers.

While the initiative represents a significant step towards meeting the state’s renewable energy targets of 70% by 2030 and 100% zero emissions by 2040, it faces potential opposition from some upstate towns. These communities have previously expressed concerns about renewable projects infringing on farmland. The RAPID Act, however, promises to be responsive to community feedback and environmental considerations. This development is crucial for New York’s energy future, as current transmission limitations mean a significant portion of renewable energy remains unused.



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