Hochul signs legislation to help make 70% of state’s energy renewable by 2030

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul was in the North Country on Wednesday to announce new eco-friendly ways to power our communities.

She’s signed legislation to make sure that 70% of our energy comes from renewable sources by the year 2030. The governor says these goals to fight climate change are ambitious but they are doable.

“We’re really the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, but we’re the last one that can do anything about it,” Hochul said. “You speak about the seven generations. I act with a sense of urgency for even the next generation.”

One major goal announced on Wednesday was making sure that New York City, the city with our state’s highest population, relies less on fossil fuels by receiving renewable energy from up north. The governor says this is just one way to make the state feel less divided.

Rochester has initiatives to promote renewable energy, including Rochester Community Power, which is a partnership between the city and a private company to create affordable solar energy.