Climate Action Council Recommends Longer Timeline

Climate Action Council Recommends Longer Timeline to Accomplish Clean Energy Transition at Meeting on in NY’s Clean Energy Future

Thursday, October 13 2022

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, the Climate Action Council (CAC) convened a hybrid meeting in Albany, New York City, and virtually to receive updates from the sub-committees driving the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). This included presentations by the Empire State Development Group sharing Industry Feedback, Health Group, and Transportation Committee. Key topics discussed were:

· Extending Carbon Intensity Reductions Timeline to 2050

· Ensure Policies reduce both GHG and Co-Pollutant Emissions

· Adding Language to Measure and Track Investments, Benefits and Outcomes

· Emphasize Reliable Electric Grid for Public Health

· Revising the NYS Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act of 2022 and NYC Local Law 154 likely out to 2035

· Enhancing Procurement, Compliance Mechanisms, GHG Benchmarks, and Carbon Pricing Strategies

Approximately 41 CAC members were in attendance. The CAC staff presentation is available here and the meeting agenda is available here. The video of the event is available here.

The Clean Energy Jobs Coalition live tweeted during the meeting, capturing key comments and observations by panelists and participants.

You can view our full thread on Twitter here (scroll to October 13, 2022) and get additional insight from Politico’s energy reporter Marie French here (scroll to October 13, 2022).

During the closing moments of the meeting, a CAC staff member suggested health impacts of "power outages and unreliable electricity supply, especially during winter months” must be prioritized. This builds on the unresolved issues identified by the Empire State Development Group which called for clarifications in the CLCPA to ensure compliance is streamlined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

For more information, you can view past meetings and materials of the CAC as follows:

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, November 7, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Monday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Monday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Monday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Previous CAC Meetings

Thursday, October 13

Thursday, September 29

September 13, 2022

August 23, 2022

July 11, 2022

May 26, 2022

April 18, 2022

March 3, 2022