In his third annual "State of the State" address on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to further New York's leadership in clean energy. The plan includes the following points, as published in an outline on the Governor's website Wednesday:
To continue to establish New York as a national leader in building a clean tech economy program, the Governor announced the following steps:
NY Green Bank: The $1 billion Green Bank will leverage public dollars with a private sector match to spur the clean economy.
Extend NY-Sun Solar Jobs: The program will be expanded at $150 million annually for 10 years to increase solar panel installations for homes and businesses.
Charge NY Program: The Charge NY Program will invest in an electric car network to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by installing a statewide network of charging stations and providing charging infrastructure tax credits.
Cabinet-Level Energy Czar: To coordinate the state's clean-tech agenda and oversee the state government's energy portfolio, the Governor has named Richard Kauffman, a senior advisor to the nation’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, to serve as a member of the Cabinet as the "Energy Czar."
The points follow on the Governor's earlier stated plan to increase New York State government building efficiency by 20 percent as quickly as possible.