Energy & Environment


Senate budget proposal includes full Build Public Renewables Act

Gov. Hochul’s executive included a watered-down version of the bill, but the Senate is insisting on the full legislation.

Energy & Environment

New York City leaders want everyone to compost. They don’t all agree on how to get there.

While the Adams administration plans to expand its voluntary residential composting program citywide, council members continue their push for mandatory composting.

Energy & Environment

Hochul’s budget proposes taking action on climate

Charging polluters, banning natural gas in new buildings and building up public renewable energy supply are all actions the governor wants to take to promote New York’s energy transition.


Opinion: Public banks can help New York meet its ambitious climate goals

Such institutions are created by governments and charted to serve the public interest, rather than propping up harmful industries.

New York State

Poll: New Yorkers want public power

As lawmakers prepare to head back to Albany, left-leaning pollster Data for Progress found support for legislation that came close but failed last session – with some caveats.


New York’s favorite new industry has a climate problem

Micron, the chip manufacturer pouring $100 billion into Central New York, has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, but details are thin on how the plant doing extremely energy intensive work will get there.

New York State

Hochul’s NYPA nominee gave to Republicans and opposes the Build Public Renewables Act

Climate activists and progressive lawmakers are trying to rally opposition before the state Senate votes.

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Some lawmakers are trying to pause bitcoin mining in New York. They’re facing an uphill battle.

Energy-sucking bitcoin operations are taking over old polluting power plants and siphoning off hydropower from the public.

Energy & Environment

How do you plant more trees in New York City? Give them away

In Canarsie, tree saplings were available for residents to grab and go plant in their own backyard ahead of Earth Day.

Interviews & Profiles

Making a case for how New York can reach its climate goals

As state Climate Action Council hearings solicit public input statewide, National Grid New York President Rudy Wynter discusses a new report where the company details ways the state can reach its ambitious climate goals.

Energy & Environment

New York’s power companies want to expand the meaning of ‘zero emissions’

The power industry is pushing a pair of proposals to state legislators and regulators that have attracted little notice, but could shift the course of the state's climate action.

Energy & Environment

Can Bitcoin mining become a campaign issue?

Jumaane Williams is calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to put a stop to proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining.

Energy & Environment

Public power supporters amping up the pressure on Kathy Hochul

Some environmentalists and state lawmakers say her climate proposals are not good enough considering looming dangers.

Energy & Environment

Smokestacks loom over New York’s clean energy plan

New York will have to shut down dozens of fossil fuel power plants to meet its climate goals. Observers worry it’s not on track.