State Budget Analysis April 06 2020, 0 Comments
ENVIRONMENTAL WINS ABOUND: Despite a global pandemic and dire financial pronouncements, the state's budget includes significant funding and lots of policies backed by environmental advocacy groups. The renewable siting changes [link requires subscription] could have a significant impact in accelerating construction over objections from local communities and beefed up transmission planning could enable more renewable electricity bottled upstate to get to New York City. ...The Environmental Protection Fund gets $300 million once again. There's no redirection of the fund to pay staff to administer it. ...Fracking [link requires subscription] and foam food packaging will be statutorily banned.Here is a blog about the budget's Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act from Cullen Howe of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
..."This budget reflects tremendous leadership and resolve even in the face of so much uncertainty," said Natural Resources Defense Council's Rich Schrader in a statement, citing the fracking ban, renewable siting and bond act.
Here is an analysis from the Sierra Club.
Of note: the $3 billion environmental bond act authorized in the budget includes $350 million for Green Buildings Projects.