Cuomo To Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants By End Of 2020

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ALBANY – If New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his way, coal-fired power plants will be a thing of the past by the end of next year.

Cuomo today announced that New York State is banning coal-fired power plants.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted final regulations to require all power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2). The regulations, a first-in-the-nation approach, will achieve Cuomo’s goal to end the use of coal in New York State power plants by the end of 2020.

“As our federal government continues to support the dying fossil fuel industry, deny climate change, and roll back environmental protections, New York is leading the nation with bold climate action to protect our planet and our communities,” Cuomo said. “With the adoption of these final regulations, we are taking yet another step toward a cleaner, greener, long-term energy solution to safeguard the environment for generations to come.”

Delivering on the Governor’s 2016 State of the State pledge to go coal-free by 2020, and 2018 State of the State directive to DEC to develop the rules to fulfill it, the regulations will tighten the state’s CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities by establishing CO2 emission rate requirements for existing major electric generating facilities.

This will ensure the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants transition to cleaner, alternative sources of energy or shut down by 2020. The State stands ready to help workers and communities transition to a clean energy future through Cuomo’s Clean Climate Careers initiative created to address the needs of the local communities affected by any closures, as well as a host of clean energy programs to support transitioning these plants away from coal. The regulations were filed with the Secretary of State on May 9, 2019, and are fully effective on June 8, 2019.

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