In response to Governor Kathy Hochul's recent State of the State Address, which highlighted a series of ambitious energy policies aimed at tackling climate change, the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition has released the following statements:
Comment 1 – John J. Murphy, International Representative, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada:
"We stand firmly with Governor Hochul's steps towards a cleaner energy grid, particularly her efforts to advance thermal energy networks. These neighborhood-scale projects, utilizing ground source heat pumps, are not only innovative but promise up to 500% more efficiency in renewable heating and cooling. This strategic move will significantly aid families in transitioning smoothly to greener alternatives. Furthermore, the governor's decision to empower the SUNY system and other state agencies to explore thermal energy networks is a commendable initiative that aligns well with our vision of a sustainable and reliable energy future for New York State."
Comment 2 – Greg Lancette, President, New York State Pipe Trades:
"Governor Hochul's address acknowledges the critical balance between advancing clean energy and ensuring economic growth and job creation. The emphasis on meeting Micron's energy needs through new technologies, like utility-sized thermal energy systems, is a step in the right direction. It presents a significant opportunity for job creation and economic impact, while also steering us towards a more sustainable future. However, as we forge ahead with this clean energy transition, it is imperative to consider the reliability of our electric supply and explore a diverse mix of energy sources, including nuclear power and hydrogen, to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted transition to a clean energy future."
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About the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition – NY: Representing over 230,000 skilled energy workers and management leaders across New York State, The Clean Energy Jobs Coalition – NY works to ensure that the working people of New York State, from Buffalo to Montauk Point, have the power and energy to build schools, hospitals, houses of worship, shopping plazas, offices, and homes to keep our economy vibrant and safe. In partnership with management, the Empire State’s highly skilled and trained union labor force is the backbone of New York State, its economy, and the safest and most productive in the nation.