This Assessment evaluates the existing, planned, and potential use of New York’s renewable energy resources. As defined by the State Energy Law, renewable energy resources are "sources which are capable of being continuously restored by natural or other means or are so large as to be useable for centuries without significant depletion and include but are not limited to solar, wind, plant and forest products, wastes, tidal, hydro…[and]…geothermal.”New York is a leader in developing renewable energy resources, as demonstrated by its commitment to the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and subsequently to the ‘45 by 15’ clean energy goal. The RPS, adopted in 2004, has been the State’s primary policy initiative to promote the development of renewable resources. The 2004 RPS goal aims to increase the amount of electricity delivered to New York consumers that is generated by renewable resources to 25 percent by 2013. The scope of this Assessment includes large-scale renewable electricity, customer-sited renewable energy, and renewable fuels, as well as policies and programs designed to stimulate implementation of renewable resources.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
A guide designed to help state and local governments connect with EPA programs that can help them expand or develop their own energy efficiency/renewable energy (EE/RE) and climate initiatives in ways that benefit low-income communities. The guide can also be used by low-income community leaders and stakeholder groups to understand better how they might take advantage of the EPA programs described here to bring the environmental, economic, and quality of life benefits of EE/RE and climate protection measures to their communities.
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The need for a Renewable Fuels Roadmap was identified in the February 2008 Report of the Governor’s Renewable Energy Task Force, which called for a Renewable Fuels Roadmap and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Supply Study for New York (Roadmap). The Roadmap assesses the prospects for the expansion of biofuel production in New York State, focusing on resource availability and economic and environmental impacts. In addition, the Roadmap solicited input from New York stakeholders to identify the most important social, economic and environmental issues to make a renewable fuels industry socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable in the State. Assigned with the task of looking into the future for impacts from an industry that almost entirely does not exist at this writing, the Roadmap Team devised and implemented three scenario analyses. The scenario analyses were coordinated using an integrated set of computer models based on the best available data, combined with a set of expert judgments and assumptions where quantitative data were not available. These integrated computer models collectively provide feedstock, energy, economic, and environmental analyses of the three Roadmap scenarios. The Roadmap presents possibilities, identifies potential challenges, and outlines important technology and policy options that may be used to ensure that any expansion of a renewable fuels industry serves the social, economic and environmental goals for New York.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program provides financial and technical assistance that enables tribes to evaluate and develop their renewable energy resources and reduce their energy consumption through efficiency and weatherization. The program also offers education and training opportunities designed to foster clean energy technology adoption, promote green jobs and growth, and strengthen native communities. Example projects are highlighted, including a wind energy project by the Seneca Nation in New York State.