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State Energy Plan

In April 2007, the state announced a comprehensive plan for reducing energy costs and curbing pollution in New York. The plan focuses on energy efficiency, conservation, and investment in renewable energy sources as the keys to achieving economic and environmental goals.

Goals and highlights of the new plan include the following:

  • Reduce electricity use by 15 percent from forecasted levels by the year 2015 through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government;
  • Create new appliance efficiency standards and set more rigorous energy building codes;
  • Invest $295 million for renewable energy projects throughout the state;
  • Propose power plant siting legislation that creates an expedited review process for new wind power projects, re-powering projects that reduce emissions, and other power plants that have very low levels of carbon dioxide emissions.

Details of the New York State Energy Plan



The New York State Public Service Commission determined in March 2007 that utilities should continue to hedge commodity rates to reduce volatility of commodity supply service for residential and smaller commercial and industrial customers, subject to the development of utility-specific guidelines. In addition, the Commission decided to examine long-term contracts to facilitate entry of new resources for supply and to examine long-term planning for future electricity supply infrastructure.

Questions the order raises include whether there should be a statewide integrated resource planning process to examine long term electricity resource needs and to what extent or in what manner would a statewide integrated resource planning process build on or parallel existing reliability planning processes.

Development of guidelines for electric commodity supply portfolios and addressing long-term contract issues. (192 kb PDF)

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The State Energy Plan was released by the State Energy Planning Board (Energy Planning Board) in June 2002. In December 2002, February 2004, and February 2005, the staffs of the Energy Planning Board agencies issued memoranda documenting progress in implementing recommendations contained in the State Energy Plan.

The New York State Department of Public Service had an important role in the development of the Plan, especially in areas related to the assessments of the electric and natural gas infrastructure and markets and the movement toward competition in those industries.á To review the Plan click on the link, State Energy Plan.

2013 State Energy Plan

The 2013 New York State Energy Plan (Plan) will provide broad policy direction to guide energy-related decision-making in the public and private sectors within the State. The Plan will focus on meeting future energy needs, while balancing reliability, cost, environmental and public health impacts and economic growth. The topic areas to be developed in the Plan are guided by statutory requirements of Article 6 of the Energy Law.

To create the new State Energy Plan, the State Energy Planning Board will conduct the planning process, which will culminate in recommendations that, when implemented, will keep New York at the forefront among the states in providing its residents with reliable, economical, and clean energy resources.

The schedule of events related to development of the new State Energy Plan is available at, and includes the following:

    • Energy Planning Board Meeting
November 23, 2010
    • Draft Scope Comments Due
April 29, 2011
    • Draft Regulations Comments Due
July 11, 2011
    • Energy Planning Board Meeting
October 26, 2011
    • Energy Planning Board Meeting
February 27, 2012
    • Energy Planning Board Meeting
April 2, 2012
    • Energy Planning Board Meeting
May 7, 2012
    • Draft State Energy Plan
September 1, 2012
    • Final State Energy Plan
March 23, 2012

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