Cusick Asks NYSERDA and DEC to Release Missing Renewable Energy Study

February 6, 2019

Albany – Today, Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island), chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, sent a letter urging the release of a comprehensive study on the feasibility of a shift to 100 percent clean energy.

The study, first announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017, was supposed to be completed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Once completed, the study would include the timing, costs, and feasibility of a shift to 100 percent renewable energy statewide.

“It’s been two years since the study was announced, and we’ve yet to see it,” Cusick said. “As New York moves rapidly to develop clean energy resources and set aggressive targets, the NYSERDA/DEC study would be extremely helpful as a guiding light to ensure we are taking realistic steps in the right direction.”

Cusick sponsors legislation, A2720, that would require the state energy planning board to complete a similar review. Because the NYSERDA/DEC study has been underway for longer, however, Cusick believes it should be released as soon as possible.

Read the letter:

Dear Alicia Barton and Basil Seggos,

I write to urge the completion and release of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Department of Environmental Conservation draft study on the feasibility of a statewide shift to 100 percent clean energy. Announced in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2017 State of the State address, the agencies were to undertake a comprehensive study to determine the timing, costs, and feasibility associated with pathways to reach 100 percent renewable energy usage statewide. It has now been two years since the direction from the Governor, yet we have not seen a report.

As New York continues to set aggressive clean energy goals, it is of the utmost importance that agencies, the executive chamber, and state legislators have the best data available to them while making policy decisions. In the State Assembly I carry legislation, A2720, that would require the state energy planning board to complete a similar review. However, in light of new clean energy targets, the NYSERDA/DEC review should be released as soon as possible as that project has been underway for two years.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact my office with any questions.

Sincerely,
Michael J. Cusick
Member of Assembly