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Carbon Free New York Releases Statement on FERC Ruling Making Achievement of CLCPA Goals Harder

The Carbon Free New York coalition, which includes environmental, clean energy and renewable and labor groups, today released the following statement on newly proposed rules by the Federal Energy Commission (FERC), as well as a letter to Governor Cuomo, urging his support for the carbon pricing plan proposed by NYISO. 

"Despite the transformative steps to decarbonize New York’s economy with the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), our ability to achieve a carbon-free New York will be made exponentially harder by new rules issued today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

"The action by FERC will increase consumer costs, hinder the growth of clean energy jobs, and directly undermine New York’s decarbonization progress. Consistent with FERC’s recent action in the neighboring regional energy market (PJM) today’s order challenges states’ rights to properly value the environmental benefits provided by in-state clean energy resources and prioritize their growth.

"Thankfully, as a single state electricity market, New York is in a unique position to avoid the near-term consequences of this FERC action by embracing the carbon pricing plan proposed by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). This will further New York’s legacy of leadership by adopting a market friendly proposal that compliments the state’s existing clean energy programs and harmonizes them with New York’s wholesale electricity markets, putting our state back on track to achieving its clean energy goals."

Click here to read Carbon Free New York's Open Letter to Governor Cuomo.