New York Governor David Paterson set some lofty goals for energy efficiency and renewable power in his first state of the state address yesterday, aiming to cut electricity use by 15 percent and raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 30 percent by 2015 in the Empire State.
Calling it the “45 by ’15” plan, Paterson said the new targets will create 50,000 new jobs for New Yorkers, making him the latest in a growing list of politicians and groups touting the job creation potential of big cleantech projects. Earlier this week, the GridWise Alliance, a smart-grid industry group, said up to 280,000 new jobs could be created across the country from the deployment of a smart grid in the U.S. And in President-elect Barack Obama’s first weekly radio address of the new year, he pushed for a doubling of the country’s renewable energy production as part of a plan to add 3 million new jobs in the States.
In his speech, Paterson said energy has become too expensive, too unpredictable, and too damaging to the environment. “It is time to make New York more energy independent and more energy efficient, to develop our own sources of clean and renewable energy, and to build new statewide systems for energy generation, transmission, and distribution.”
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