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New York Bans Fracking

On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling. 

News Release | Environment New York

Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables program

Today Governor Cuomo announced the landmark Shared Renewables program, also known as community net metering. The program will expand community access to renewable energy in New York State by allowing energy customers to subscribe to a local renewable energy project and receive a utility bill credit for their portion of the energy produced. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York released the following statement.

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

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News Release | Environment New York

Gov. Cuomo Announces 300 Percent Solar Growth in New York State

Today, Governor Cuomo announced solar growth of more than 300 percent from 2011 to 2014 in New York State. Environment New York director Heather Leibowitz issued the following statement in response.

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

“While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is probably true,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.  “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

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