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The governor's launch of the $1.5 billion Clean Climate Careers initiative, which aims to create 40,000 clean energy jobs by 2020, is in response to President Donald J. Trump's decision to remove the United States from the multinational Paris climate accord.

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

The 2015 State Energy Plan calls for a forty-percent reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2030, a commitment to source fifty percent of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, and a 23 percent increase in energy efficiency by 2030.

It's part of the state's Clean Energy Standard, a plan approved a year ago that will see the state spend billions to subsidize renewable energy sources like wind and solar as well as three aging nuclear power plants upstate, including the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant east of Rochester. "The Clean Climate Careers initiative is a groundbreaking investment, representing the largest state clean energy procurement in USA history".

PSEG Long Island this week reported first-quarter solar rooftop installations were down 39 percent from the first quarter a year ago.

The governor has also set up an Environmental Justice and Just Transition Working Group to develop policies and programmes to ensure a "just transition" to a clean energy future.

On Thursday, Cuomo joined forces with California Gov.

The investment is believed to add 2.5 million megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity per year, enough energy to power 230,000 homes and the largest clean energy procurement issued by a state in USA history.

The governor included the funding in a new "Clean Climate Careers" initiative, which will include a partnership with the Worker Institute at Cornell University, though few details on the partnership were available Friday. Jerry Brown of California and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington had formed the U.S. Climate Alliance to "convene USA states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change". As part of the plan, NYPA is seen to install over 125 MW of solar at schools and other public buildings by 2020, for a 300% jump in distributed solar at public facilities statewide. The state hopes to be a "magnet for new energy technologies", the statement says. We expect the grants to cover the full spectrum of workforce training from education to apprenticeships to employment in the industry and trades.

  • Zachary Reyes