A New York State mandate requires 50% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of the state’s Clean Energy Standard, which will double renewables and slash carbon emissions.
Utilities and suppliers will be required to provide 26.31% of the state’s electricity through renewables in 2017, growing to 30.54% in 2021. It is expected to cost householders less than $2 (£1.5) a month.
Governor Cuomo said: “New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state’s environment for decades to come.
“This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future.”
Earlier this year a fund worth $5 billion (£3.4bn) was announced to boost energy efficiency and renewables in New York.