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By Samuel R. Avro on Jan 7, 2009 with no responses

N.Y. Gov. Pushes ’45 by 15′ Green Energy Plan

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New York Governor David Paterson laid out a proposal for a ’45 by 15′ plan which would have 45 percent of the state’s electricity needs come from renewable energy sources and improved energy efficiency, during Wednesday’s State of the State address.

“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,” said Paterson, during the speech in Albany.

The economic recession has hit the state of New York particularly hard, and the governor wants this plan to help create jobs in the state. “During this recession, an estimated 225,000 New Yorkers will be laid off. Many others have lost their homes. The pillars of Wall Street have crumbled,” he said.

Hitting this goal would create 50,000 new jobs for the state, the governor said.

The governor also called for the creation of a consortium, using academic and scientific centers in upstate New York, to develop electric batteries and energy-storage technologies for hybrid vehicles, which he believes will be the future of the nation’s automobile industry.

Once in effect, the “future of the Big Three auto companies may run through upstate New York,” Paterson said.

He said the idea will also reduce air pollution and dependence on foreign oil.

“Energy has become too expensive, too unpredictable, and too damaging to our environment,” the governor said during his address. “It is time to control the cost of energy and how much we use.”

Although the outlook is gloomy, Paterson measured his message with one of hope. “Let me be clear – our state faces historic challenges. Our economy is damaged. Our confidence is shaken. And the economic obstacles we face seem overwhelming.”

A new website, run by what will become the New York Energy Policy Institute, will be launched to assist in disseminating state-of-the art information and analysis on energy technologies and policies. “The Institute will assist in keeping New York decision makers on the cutting edge.”

He hopes that the plan will eventually spread on a national level. “While we will start this effort here at home, we will seek to partner with Washington in a joint venture,” he said.