The New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released proposed guidance for clean energy investments in the state, with the stipulation that a minimum of 35%, with a goal of 40%, benefit disadvantaged communities.
Developed in collaboration with a number of New York State agencies and authorities, “Disadvantaged Communities Investments and Benefits Reporting Guidance,” when finalized, will provide the information state entities need to comply with the Climate Act’s equity mandate and account for energy efficiency and clean energy program investments in disadvantaged communities. This will help ensure that, in addition to their allocated segment of clean energy buildout, disadvantaged communities receive the overall benefits of the state’s clean energy and energy efficiency programs, projects or investments for housing, workforce development, pollution reduction, low-income energy assistance, renewable energy, transportation and economic development.
“New York’s Climate Act prioritizes advancing equity and inclusion through the implementation of programs and investments,” said Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner and Climate Action Council co-chair. “The draft ‘Disadvantaged Communities Investments and Benefits Guidance’ released today is the latest step in the state’s sustained efforts to ensure all communities, but especially disadvantaged communities, benefit from the state’s climate investments and the opportunities created by the state’s transition to cleaner energy.”
The organizations are encouraging New Yorkers are welcome to provide input on how the state tracks progress toward addressing the interests and priorities of historically marginalized communities as the state continues to transition to an inclusive clean energy economy that reduces pollution, addresses systemic inequities and expands economic opportunities.
“This guidance is critical to helping NYSERDA and our partner agencies take the necessary steps to design and implement programs that demonstrate direct benefits to New York’s most underserved communities,” said Doreen M. Harris, NYSERDA president and CEO and Climate Action Council co-chair. “We welcome input from New Yorkers on this draft guidance so that, together, we can advance a clean energy future that maximizes accountability, advances climate justice and stimulates economic development that allows all New York communities to prosper.”
An overview of the draft guidance was presented on November 14, 2023, and is now available for a public comment period. Written comments on the proposed guidance may be submitted until close of business February 23, 2024. A public information session will be scheduled to allow for additional stakeholder engagement before the draft guidance is finalized. For more information about New York’s climate efforts, visit the Climate Act website.
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