New York goes for renewable energy

Posted: 7 February 2006

The Governor of New York State, George Pataki, has announced a series of measures designed to reduce the State's dependence on imported fuels and make it a centre for renewable energy research and investment.

The package, which was reported in the latest issue of Renewable Energy World (REW) magazine, includes the elimination of state taxes on renewable automotive fuels, the creation of new renewable fuelling stations across the state, a tax credit and toll discounts for hybrid vehicles and the development of so-called 'clean coal' plants.

The policy also establishes a new US$24 million alternative fuel vehicle research lab as well as tax benefits for renewable energy companies that provide jobs. In addition, more money will be provided to low income families to help them deal with the increasing cost of fuel for heating.

Speaking about the announcement, Mr Pataki said: 'My plan will encourage the development of more new and more energy-efficient technologies, bolster the production and use of renewable fuels, and help to reduce the high energy cost burdens that hurt our families and our economy.

"This plan will encourage additional private sector development of alternative energy sources, attract jobs and investments in clean energy, and help diversify our fuel supplies.'

This move follows similar efforts elsewhere in the United States to cut fossil fuel emissions and reliance on imported oil. In California, the Public Utilities Commission has given a big boost to solar enrgy by swiftly approving an 11-year programme to install over 3000 MW of solar capacity in the state.

The US$3 billion that will be available in consumer rebates will be only a fraction of the total spend on solar in California during the coming decade, says REW. "Initially, the focus will be on solar PV, with funds being directed to solar heating and cooling later. How long will it be for other US states to follow suit?" the magazine asks.

Source: Renewable Energy World 20 January 2006