ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE
Governor Cuomo, Climate Jobs NY (CJNY), and the Worker Institute at Cornell’s ILR School announce the Clean Climate Careers Initiative which focuses on accelerating energy efficiency and renewable energy growth and creating 40,000 new, good-paying clean energy jobs by 2020.” Governor commits up to $1.5B for major renewable energy projects, including doubling the funding at NYSERDA for KSolar and BuildSmart New York programs.
CJNY and Worker Institute—in partnership with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo—host “Climate Jobs Now!” summit of government, business, labor and environmental leaders to discuss a range of topics including: scaling wind and solar energy, a just transition to clean energy and community resilience, and improving and expanding public transit.
Governor Cuomo reaffirms his commitment to organized labor and highlighted offshore wind as a priority this year with state solicitation of 400MW in 2018 and 400MW in 2019. At the end of January, Governor Cuomo releases New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan which includes procurement options paper and series of studies including port infrastructure and workforce development.
Governor Cuomo announces the single largest commitment to renewable energy by a state $1.4B which will advance 26 large-scale renewable energy projects across New York. The competitive awards, driven by the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard mandate, are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 430,000 homes and create over 3,000 short - and long-term well-paying jobs. Governor also included that all large scale renewable energy project solicitations will require prevailing wage on the contract.
PSC begins offshore wind technical conference and kicks off public comment period due June 4th. CJNY met with NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton and senior staff to request that the State moves swiftly on 400MW RFP, port investment and workforce development.
CJNY nominates labor representatives to sit on NYSERDA’s offshore wind technical working groups covering workforce development, ports, and manufacturing and supply chain. CJNY files as a party to Public Service Commission case file 18-E-0071 and prepares comments to submit to PSC regarding New York State’s offshore wind procurement policy.
CJNY submits comments on the record to PSC case file 18-E-0071 on the matter of offshore wind energy in New York asking for state to require progressive procurement standards in their solicitation of all renewable energy from project labor agreements to responsible contracting.