Day three of Cuomo's State of the State addresses green, renewable energy

Updated: January 13, 2021 06:51 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 10:30 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued with his State of the State address Wednesday, as he laid out goals for renewable energy resources in the state.

Cuomo announced the state would be launching a $26 billion public-private program which would cover roughly 100 renewable energy project statewide. The governor said some of the projects are already in progress, and mentioned 24 new solar developments in both Livingston and Orleans Counties.

"Today, we're announcing 24 more projects, including a 20-megawatt solar project in Washington County, a 200-megawatt solar project in Orleans," Cuomo said.

Shortly after the announcement, State Sen. Rob Ortt (R, 62) criticized the project. Ortt said Orleans County residents have been "opposed to industrial energy projects in the past, yet Governor Cuomo continues to ignore our concerns."

Other proposals include developing two new offshore wind farms near Long Island and construction of a green energy transmission superhighway to deliver clean energy from Upstate to Downstate.

The governor says the projects will raise $14 billion, and hire more than 8,600 people, in what he added was the largest renewable energy program by a state.

This was the third day of his address, which comes off a Tuesday full of announcements.

Highlights include plans for safely bringing back the arts with pop-up performances and events and supporting New York artists through the Creatives Rebuild Initiative, a first-in-the-nation affordable internet for all low-income families,  scholarships to low-income workers for workforce training, and expand SUNY's online training center to close skills gaps and fill high-demand jobs.

He also detailed plans to convene a commission on the future of New York's economy, and much like we saw last week for the Buffalo Bills game, create a rapid testing network as a tool to help businesses reopen.

He kicked off the first part virtually on Monday, announcing a 7-point plan. The first four points focus on defeating the virus and rebuilding the economy.

The governor will have one more day of his address on Thursday.

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