NY to set rules for effort to increase renewable energy

The Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking the next step toward his goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking the next step toward his goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The Democratic governor says Wednesday that he has formally directed the State Department of Public Service to "design and enact" regulations to enforce the 50 percent target.

About 26 percent of the state's power now comes from renewable sources.

Cuomo is expected to make reducing emissions and boosting green energy a focus of his state-of-the-state address in January, a speech used to lay out priorities for the state budget and the coming year.

In his announcement Wednesday, the governor noted the ongoing climate talks in Paris and said New York is working to lay the foundation for a "thriving clean energy economy."

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