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The $1.5 billion in investments are projected to create some 2.5 million megawatt-hours of "clean" electricity per year - enough to power roughly 350,000 homes - and represent a major forward step in Cuomo's ambitious Clean Energy Standard program, which aims to have 50 percent of statewide electricity generated by renewable sources by 2030.

Cuomo said the initiative is a multi-pronged strategy to grow New York's emerging clean energy economy and prepare the workforce for the long-term careers associated with this industry.

"We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change, which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York's leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet".

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday a new initiative to create clean energy jobs throughout ny state.

The announcement was in direct response to President Donald Trump's decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Together, with the New York Communities for Change, the People's Climate Movement of New York, Sane Energy Project, We Act for Environmental Justice and so many other groups, we're building the movement to get off fossil fuels. Cuomo also wants solar usage to double by the end of 2018. The governor's office is predicting the RFP process will result in as many as 60 "large-scale renewable-energy projects" by 2022.

To create jobs, the initiative will invest $15 million in educators and trainers that partner with the clean energy industry to offer training and apprenticeship opportunities. The state hopes to be a "magnet for new energy technologies", the statement says.

And these new projects will create jobs and spur economic development in communities across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Thursday stating that all government agencies and all public benefit corporations and authorities with government-appointed heads will remain consistent with the greenhouse gas emission-reducing policies in the 2015 State Energy Plan. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to head an effort to convene states that will continue to support the climate agreement.

  • Leroy Wright