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NYS Climate Plan Adopted – On Monday, December 19th, NY’s Climate Action Council adopted a Scoping Plan designed to guide the implementation of New York’s Climate Law that requires a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 85% by 2040. The plan was adopted by a vote of 19 to 3 with representatives from National Fuel Gas, the Independent Power Producers and a former National Grid executive voting no. We normally print just one link with each brief, but this Plan is so important and there is so much to say about it that we present the following links:
- Here’s the landing page for the final plan, which has separate links to the Executive Summary if you don’t want the full plan:
- Press Release on the Adoption of the Scoping Plan
- Response of Climate Action Council member Bob Howarth
- Spectrum News 1
- Renewable Heat Now
- New Yorkers for Clean Power
- New York Focus
Electrification Year in Review from Rewiring America – Jamal Lewis – Rewiring America and the Federal Electrification Policy Coalition – “To commemorate our successful year, I put together a list of our various accomplishments, engagements and activities this year.” Lewis is a New Yorker who served on the Climate Action Council’s Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel before he started at Rewiring America. He’s done an impressive job as Director of Policy Partnerships & Equitable Electrification at Rewiring America. The list he has produced is breathtaking. Read it if you want to get a bit deeper into the Holiday Spirit.
Top Federal Official: Gas Stoves Could Be Banned in 2023 – Nara Schoenberg – Chicago Tribune – “Citing studies that link gas stoves to health problems, including asthma in children, a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission official said his agency will begin a formal review process that could lead to new regulations. “’We need to be talking about regulating gas stoves, whether that’s drastically improving emissions or banning gas stoves entirely,’ said Commissioner Richard Trumka. ‘And I think we ought to keep that possibility of a ban in mind, because it’s a powerful tool in our tool belt and it’s a real possibility here.’ The commission will begin soliciting information from the public in March, Trumka said, and regulation could happen in 2023.” Full article here.
MA Climate Dashboard is Open – “The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Dashboard is a public resource that provides key performance indicators relevant to the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plans (CECP).” Dashboard website here.