- The Study of New York Government
- The New York Constitution and the Federal System
- Political Parties in New York
- Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York
- Public Opinion Polling and New York Politics and Governance
- Elections and Election Management
- Lobbying and the Interest Group System
- Politics and the News Media in the Empire State
- The New York State Legislature
- The Governor of New York
- The New York State Comptroller's Office
- The New York State Attorney General
- The Judiciary and Judicial Reform
- The Executive Branch
- New York State and the National Government
- New York in Fiscal Federalism
- The State and Its Localities
- New York State and New York City Relations
- New York State's “Foreign Policy”
- The Public Fisc in New York State
- New York State Education Policy and Politics
- Health Care Politics and Policy in New York State
- Public Safety Policy in New York State
- Higher Education in New York State
- Mental Health Policy in New York State
- Economic Development in New York State
- Welfare Policy in New York State
- The Environment in New York State
- Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State
- The Politics of Energy in New York State
- Selective Bibliography of New York Government and Politics: References
Abstract and Keywords
This article deals with energy policy in New York State. It first introduces New York's interest in developing energy resources, dating back to the early part of the twentieth century. The Power Authority provides financial discounts to businesses and institutions to decrease their electricity costs through the Recharge New York program. The environmental benefits of pursuing clean energy development were consistent with efforts required under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce criteria pollutant emissions. The relationship among the state's energy agencies and authorities is examined. New York succeeded in decreasing dependence on oil for electricity generation, but did not follow through on offering incentives for the conversion of oil plants to coal. The leadership and vision demonstrated by governors and legislative leaders as well as individuals in government and special interest groups has collectively managed to guide and direct energy policy for the past few decades.
Paul A. DeCotis is Vice President of Power Markets at Long Island Power Authority and former Deputy Secretary for Energy in New York and Chair of the State Energy Planning Board.
Sean Ferguson is a Ph.D. candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
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