On Monday, November 21, 2022, the Climate Action Council (CAC) convened a hybrid meeting in Albany and virtually to receive updates on redline edits to the Draft Scoping Plan for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). This included presentations by CAC staff who provided commentary on the Gas System Transition, Buildings, Electricity, and other overarching feedback to the Draft Scoping Plan which is expected to be finalized in mid-December.
Attendees included, but not limited to: NYSERDA President Doreen Harris; NYS Empire State Development Corporation President Hope Knight; NYS DEC’s Counsel Peter Costello; NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY) President Gavin Donohue; Jonathan Binder; Catherine Morris; Megan Lynch; Morgan Stahl; Sameer Ranade; Vincent Ravaschiere; Brian Steinmuller, Anne Reynolds; Paul Shepson; Peter Iwanowicz; and more.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation set the tone by reminding panel members that the Draft Scoping Plan is not law. The agency emphasized that it is a guide that will inform legal considerations at a later date.
When discussing how “Buildings” would be heated and cooled in the future, the CAC Staff stated, under “Strategy B6,” the Draft Scoping Plan will include the implementation of the “NYS Utility Thermal Energy & Jobs Act” – which was recently signed into law by NYS Governor Kathy Hochul – to achieve a just transition and jobs pathway to a green economy. This policy approach brings New York closer to winning President Joseph Biden’s $7 billion Hydrogen Hub Challenge and positions energy infrastructure upgrades to access capital from the Inflation Reduction Act.