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Spitzer Powers Up

Submitted by Joshua Klainberg on Thu, 2007-04-19 13:58.

Straight from The Daily Politics:

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer laid out an ambitious energy and climate change plan at a Crain's breakfast this morning - just four days before Mayor Mike Bloomberg is scheduled to unveil details of his own green initiative, PlaNYC 2030 initative, which includes an energy component.

The governor's proposal, which he has dubbed '15 by 15,' calls for reducing electricity use in the state by 15 percent from forecasted levels by 2015 through a series of efficiency programs in both government and industry.

It also calls for: New efficiency standards for appliances and more rigorous building codes, $295 million worth of state funding to incentivize renewable energy and a "green" power plant siting bill that fast-tracks power plants that produce little or no carbon dioxide emissions."

According to the Spitzer Press Release, Lieutenant Governor Paterson is part of the action, touring the state this month to inspect current renewable energy facilities.

So what's behind this pre-Earth Day (April 22) proclamation?

Is he trying to "out green" Mayor Bloomberg before his major Earth Day speech?

Or perhaps an attempt to improve his energy record before we released our 100-Day Environmental Progress Report on the governor?

Whatever the motivation, here's what our boss has to say about it:

"New York needs a comprehensive energy plan that encourages energy efficiency, reduces CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as promotes renewable energy," said Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

"Governor Spitzer's announcement comes at a critical time as the state desperately needs a roadmap to ensure clean energy production as well as the availability of traditional sources of energy, either through transmission upgrades, re-powering, or new power plants."


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