Election results - Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman in - review their campaign promises

New York’s energy policy must meet the interrelated goals of providing affordable and reliable energy, improving our environment and creating jobs and economic growth through energy policy as we transition to a more efficient, lower carbon and cleaner, greener energy economy.

In achieving these goals, our energy policy should be informed by the following guiding principles:

Affordability: Even when pursuing other worthy goals, New York’s energy policy must take into account that New York’s energy rates are high relative to our neighbors and we must take steps that will serve to reduce energy costs.

Efficiency: Measures that increase energy efficiency reduce energy costs, create jobs and economic growth and protect our environment. Because of the “win-win-win” nature of energy efficiency, these programs should be at the heart of New York’s energy policy.

Smart Transmission and Distribution: Smart grid technologies and expanded transmission infrastructure can enable greater access to lower cost and renewable energy in places where it is hard to build low-cost generation, while being sensitive to the balance of interests of different regions. A smart-grid can distribute energy through a system in a way that lowers costs and conserves energy and supports economic growth.

Economic Development: The transition to a more efficient and environmentally sustainable energy economy creates enormous opportunities for job creation and economic development. New York must be a leader in the new clean energy economy.

Environmental Quality: Environmental quality and sustainability must be a prime consideration in New York’s energy policy. This means transitioning to cleaner fuels with less carbon emissions and renewable fuel sources like wind and solar power and other alternative technologies.

Reliability: New York must ensure that energy supply is reliable and dependable. Doing so means we also have to be prepared for emergencies—whether natural or otherwise.

Equity: State energy policy must balance the goals and needs of New York’s diverse regions, neighborhoods and energy consumers. Equity demands that one region or neighborhood not bear most of the costs of a certain policy, while another receives most of the benefits.

Good Execution and Government’s Role: State energy policy should, wherever possible, facilitate and encourage private sector investments that support our energy goals and these guiding principles. Where it is appropriate for government to take the lead in reaching our energy objectives, our State energy agencies must be focused, streamlined and coordinated to achieve the best execution of our energy policies.

Transparency and Accountability: All governmental and quasi-public entities that are responsible for implementing energy policy in New York must be transparent in their activities and accountable to the public.


Eric Schniederman's environmental agenda as Attorney-General:

1. Sue to Prohibit Hydrofracking
2. Work Toward an Energy Future without Indian Point
3. Enforce a Wide Range of Environmental Protection Laws
4. Prosecute Serious Environmental Violations Criminally
5. Pursue Environmental Justice
6. Use the Martin Act to Force Companies to Disclose Financial Risks Associated with Global Warming
7. Crack Down on "Green" Fraud

In the 22nd Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, an outspoken critic of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale and an advocate of federal regulation of fracturing defeated Republican George Phillips, who said he favored state regulation and supported "aggressive" development once regulators sign off. http://www.topix.com/us-house/maurice-hinchey



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