To borrow my colleague Anne Reynold’s sentiments regarding the state of clean energy, in NY these days following Governor Cuomo’s State of the State and Budget Address, I’m not only feeling pretty good, I’m speechless. Thankfully that won’t stop me from writing about it. 

As part of his progressive agenda, the Governor laid out his Green New Deal for NY and it was not only progressive, but breathtaking. He upped NY’s existing renewable energy standard for electricity to 70% by 2030 (it was 50%), he quadrupled NY’s goal for offshore wind by calling for 9,000 MW of capacity by 2035 and he called for the creation of a Climate Change Council to chart the pathway to economy-wide carbon neutrality. All three are really positive wins for clean energy.