“I’m hopeful that the plan, as part of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision, begins to lay the groundwork for utility companies to change their business model to embrace solar, energy efficiency and solutions that give people and communities more choice and control instead of more dirty fossil fuels such as coal, oil, gas, and nuclear."
Kit Kennedy, Director of the Energy & Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council
“Governor Cuomo’s bold plans come as the nation—and the world—are poised to take historic action on climate. The U.S. is tackling power plant pollution nationwide, countries like China and India have made groundbreaking commitments to tackle their climate emissions, and the international climate talks in Paris are fast-approaching—now is the perfect time for the state’s aggressive climate commitments. New York is moving forward with the mantle of climate and clean energy leadership.”
Rory Christian, Environmental Defense Fund
"Success in these [REV] endeavors will mean a future in which New Yorkers have greater control over how they use energy and how much they pay for it. Utilities will be able to cost-effectively manage their operations and pursue solutions that not only support their bottom lines but the environment and customers’ pocket books as well.”
Lisa Frantzis, Advanced Energy Economy
"[New York] is blazing a trail to open up the electric power system in New York to vital new resources that will make the system more efficient, more resilient, and more responsive to consumer desires. To get the most out of these resources, for the grid and for consumers, we need to fully assess their benefits as well as costs. States around the country are looking at this same question. New York can provide the answer.”
Jackson Morris, Natural Resources Defense Council
"There are big goings-on in the Empire State these days related to how to move to a 21st century electric system. And while there is much work ahead, the early results are noteworthy... And while there are some very significant details yet to be hammered out, the [regulatory] order represents a significant step forward toward achieving just what the governor planned. It can significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions, make the air our kids breathe cleaner, create new jobs in New York, and help keep energy dollars in the state's economy."
Anne Reynolds, Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
"New York's approach to limit utility ownership balances the desire for more solar with the desire to have competitive markets that we expect to continue to bring down the costs of solar. Everyone is watching to see what's happening here. It's really a model of what a utility could be in the future."
Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets
“There is so much potential, it is extraordinary...The opportunity for private companies, for towns and villages, for government entities, it is just so rich. And the opportunity for consumers is so powerful.”
Raya Salter, Natural Resources Defense Council Attorney
"This is as exciting as the Public Service Commission gets. These are bold, aggressive changes."
Oliver Yates, Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation
“Green Banks, such as REV’s NY Green Bank, focus on the sustainable use of taxpayers' money. That's the difference between a grants culture and a loan culture. We can't create an industry around an uncertain budgetary process, but if we can prove stability in these sectors, then the stop-start solutions will fade out as private lending institutions get more involved.”
Erin M. Crotty, Executive Director, Audubon, New York
“Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo demonstrated his leadership in addressing one of the most pressing threats to birds, wildlife, and natural resources in North America: climate change. Audubon applauds the Governor’s signing of the Under 2 MOU and his commitment to work with other states and the Canadian governments to create a North American Carbon Market."
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
“This is a huge step forward in New York’s efforts to create new jobs, reduce pollution and fight climate change. Governor Cuomo and the PSC deserve a lot of credit for being forward looking and for understanding the importance of market certainty. With 338 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity already installed across the state, this action puts New York on a clear trajectory to become one of the nation’s leading solar states.”
Mark Thielking, Executive Director of Energy Improvement Corporation and Energize NY
“Energize NY and its municipal members are thrilled to offer affordable and accessible financing to New York’s clean energy marketplace, and to serve as an example of one of many enterprises that will thrive under Governor Cuomo's REV initiative. By addressing financing gaps and eliminating market barriers, New York State is proving to be an exceptional market for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and we’re looking forward to increasing demand for these projects throughout NY State."
Willie Janeway, Adirondack Council Executive Director
“This announcement marks a new commitment for New York, as the Governor pledges to limit greenhouse gas emissions to 2 tons per person by 2050, which would be 80 to 95 percent lower than 1990 levels. New York is already part of a nine-state coalition working to curb greenhouse gas through its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is aimed at cutting carbon from electric power plants throughout the Northeast. This new initiative sets a new climate-friendly standard for other states and nations to meet, and includes the goal of expanding RGGI and establishing a North American market to cap and trade carbon. If everyone makes and then meets a similar commitment with regional protections, we stand a much better chance of avoiding a long series of climate-related disasters.”
Neal Lewis, Executive Director, The Sustainability Institute, Molloy College
“Clean, renewable energy is vital to New York’s future prosperity and well-being. Not only will it help end our reliance on fossil fuels, but it will also combat the severe danger that climate change poses to all life on Earth, as evidenced by the devastating impacts Long Island experienced from Superstorm Sandy. Governor Cuomo’s commitment to REV deserves praise and support for his vision and bold action on this critical issue."
Global Innovators Network, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
REV is a 2015 winner of a Harvard Kennedy School Bright Ideas Innovations in Government Award. By redesigning its regulatory landscape and public programs to focus on animating markets, Reforming the Energy Vision leverages private-sector investment and innovation to rapidly develop and scale a clean and resilient energy economy that remains affordable for all New Yorkers. Learn More at Harvard's Government Innovators Network site.
New York League of Conservation Voters
“Governor Cuomo’s announcement today is just the type of bold thinking and dramatic action needed to address climate change. These four actions build on the groundbreaking work the state is already doing through the Reforming the Energy Vision and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We look forward to working with the Governor and his administration as this plan is implemented.”
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