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American Wind Energy Association Statement on New York Renewable Energy Siting Reform Passed as Part of State Budget

Washington – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement after the New York Legislature passed a state budget that includes critical improvements to the way that renewable energy projects are sited and developed in the state.

“New York continues to lead the nation in its commitment to affordable, clean, renewable energy. These siting reforms will enable significant additional investments in New York, providing a key tool to help the state’s economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic recedes,” AWEA Eastern State Affairs Director Andrew Gohn said. “Reliable energy is not a luxury, it’s a necessity and during these trying times the wind energy workforce is working hard to keep the lights on, making sure dependable electricity can continue without interruption on the country’s road to recovery. We applaud the Cuomo administration and legislative leaders for ensuring that economic development and a sustainable environment can continue to go hand in hand, even as we’re in the middle of a global health crisis. These forward-looking reforms allow the state to address current economic challenges and combat climate change at the same time.”

AWEA Eastern State Affairs Director Andrew Gohn and Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACENY) Executive Director Anne Reynolds are available for interviews on this topic. To set up an interview, contact Sam Brock (

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