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The following section contains information about Federal, State, and Local policies and goals for renewable and clean energy.

The National Environmental Policy Act was signed into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions. Learn more about NEPA.

The Energy Policy Act (EPA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005. The Energy Policy Act address energy production in the United States. More information on the Energy Policy Act.

A group of leading gas and electric utilities, state agencies, energy consumers, energy service providers, environmental groups, and energy efficiency organizations was a public-private initiative to create a sustainable, aggressive national commitment to energy efficiency  Learn more about the Action Plan and its recommendations.

In July 2019, New York Passed the Climate Act, which creates nation-leading climate and energy goals aimed at reducing our carbon footprint and improving the resiliency of communities within New York State. Learn more about the Climate Act.

The New York State Climate Action Council is a 22-member committee that is tasked with preparing a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s clean energy and climate agenda. Learn more about the Council.

The New York State Clean Energy Dashboard is designed to provide users with a snapshot of the utilities and NYSERDA’s progress toward meeting the State’s clean energy and climate agenda. Access the Clean Energy Dashboard.

The 2015 New York State Energy Plan created a vision for New York’s clean energy economy.  Access the plan.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cooperative effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Learn more about the initiative.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative is a collaboration of 13 states (including New York) and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy, and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.  Learn more.

On April 3, 2020, New York State announced the passage of the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act. The Act is aimed at improving the siting and construction of large-scale renewable energy projects in an environmentally responsible and cost effective manner. Learn more about the Act.

Executive Order 88 was issued by Governor Cuomo on December 28, 2012. The Executive Order mandates a 20 percent improvement in the energy efficiency performance of State Government buildings by the year 2020. Learn more about the BuildSmart NY program.

Legislation (A. 4302/S.2758) sets a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York State to be zero-emissions by 2035. Learn more.

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