Created: 01/08/2014 3:25 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
New York's long-term energy plan focuses on increased use of renewable energy and clean technology, while reducing consumer utility bills.
The plan, released Tuesday for a 60-day public comment period, calls for expanding use of natural gas instead of oil to reduce harmful air emissions. But it doesn't include expanding in-state gas production through hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.
The 2009 version touted the economic and energy policy benefits of tapping New York's shale gas resources. But the 2014 plan takes no position for or against fracking, noting that state officials are reviewing health and environmental concerns. New York has had a moratorium on fracking since an environmental review was launched in 2008.
Six public hearings will be held on the plan.