New York State is working towards backing up the words Governor Andrew Cuomo made when issuing an Executive Order reaffirming the state’s commitment to the Paris Accord by announcing the Clean Climate Careers initiative.
This strategy is expected to help grow New York’s clean energy economy by preparing the workforce to take on new careers in this industry. The initiative will focus on accelerating the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency by adding 40,000 new jobs in the clean energy sector by 2020.
The official announcement of the Clean Climate Careers initiative broke down the three parts of their proposed strategy:
- Invest in Clean Technology and Boost the Development of Renewable Energy: The state will be making a considerable investment in clean technology in order to hit the Clean Energy Standard of using half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. As a result of this investment, New York is expecting to double the solar capacity of the state by 2018, up to 1600 megawatts from the current 800 megawatts.
- Creating Thousands of Well-Paying Jobs: The state is expecting their up to $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects to create 40,000 new, well-paying jobs in that industry throughout New York. The investment will also be used to fund training of workers to prepare them for a lifetime career in renewable energy, building efficiency and additional low-carbon sectors.
- Providing Support for Underserved Communities: The state will also establish an Environmental Justice & Just Transition Working Group that will work on developing policies and programs intended to help communities that have historically been underserved, as well as people affected by the shift from energy plants that rely on carbon-based fuels, prepare for the new energy direction New York State is moving.
"As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to address climate change -- at the expense of our environment and economy -- New York is leading the nation in advancing a clean energy future," Governor Cuomo said. "The Clean Climate Careers initiative is a groundbreaking investment, representing the largest state clean energy procurement in U.S. history. With this $1.8 billion initiative, New York continues to tackle the challenges of climate change and create the high-quality, good-paying careers of tomorrow."