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HEAT Act blocked: Environmental advocates frustrated over political realities in Albany

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The New York Assembly has once again excluded the NY HEAT Act from the state budget, igniting frustration among climate advocates and economic pressure on residents. Despite broad support including from Governor Kathy Hochul and 76 Assembly cosponsors, Assembly leaders sided with fracking interests, according to the advocacy group Renewable Heat Now.


The group criticized the Assembly for allowing ongoing investments in fracked gas infrastructure, which lead to rising utility rates. Recent examples cited include a $30 monthly rate increase for downstate National Grid customers. This decision perpetuates financial strain on 1.4 million energy-burdened New Yorkers by prioritizing fossil fuel agendas over constituent welfare.

Renewable Heat Now lamented the missed opportunity to cap utility expenses at 6% of household income through the NY HEAT Act, which could save energy-burdened households approximately $136 monthly. As the state nears Earth Day 2024, advocates vow to continue their push for the legislation, emphasizing its critical role in both climate action and economic relief.