Statement by The Nature Conservancy on Renewable Energy Solicitations Announced by New York State
The Nature Conservancy in New York released the following statement in response to an announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding renewable energy solicitations:
Stuart Gruskin, New York chief conservation and external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy said, “Today’s announcement of the largest combined solicitations in the United States for renewable energy – over 1,500 megawatts of land-based clean energy and up to 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy with complimentary port investments – is the kind of leadership we need on climate change. The Nature Conservancy has been proud to work with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority and other state agencies, as part of the Environmental Technical Working Group, to ensure that as renewable energy projects are sited, we avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to natural resources. Meeting the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act will require input from communities across the state about how to create a sustainable future with a clean energy economy, safe and clean water, and healthy lands, farms, and fisheries. We applaud Governor Cuomo, our environmental and energy agencies, and other leaders working to strike this important balance and invest in renewable energy and other climate solutions.”
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