Energy and Climate
The Energy / Climate Change Connection
This section of the website explores energy, climate and the connections between them. It emphasizes New York State's and DEC's work to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases and to help New Yorkers adapt as the climate changes. It also includes information on New York's energy resources, including oil, natural gas and renewable sources.
Whenever we get energy from fossil fuel - to heat our homes, run our cars or manufacture a product -- we generate greenhouse gases. As the world's population grows in size and wealth, more fossil fuel is used, and more greenhouse gases are emitted. There are now higher levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere than ever before in human history. These gases trap heat on the earth, and the added warmth is changing the planet's climate.
Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
The cheapest and cleanest energy is that which is not used. Using energy efficiently and conserving energy and materials, will reduce New York's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy-saving technologies are already in place and New Yorkers are becoming more energy-conscious in their behavior and buying habits - even to choosing products and services on the basis of lowest life cycle energy costs.
Oil and Gas
Production of oil and gas is a $104 million dollar industry in New York State. To prevent environmental damage from well drilling and operation, DEC requires environmentally sound drilling practices, safe closure of exhausted wells, and financial guarantees to ensure that well owners and operators carry out their environmental responsibilities. The 'Oil and Gas' section of this website has information on:
- Regulatory requirements for all underground drilling
- Data on well drilling, productivity and closures
- New York State geology
- The status of New York's oil and gas industry
New York State has great potential to generate power from renewable sources. By obtaining energy from renewable sources rather than from fossil fuel, we can cut our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Here you will find information on renewable energy in New York, and on what DEC and other agencies in New York State are doing to develop and promote renewable energy and energy sources that emit little or no greenhouse gas.
New York State Energy Plan
The 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan connects New York energy producers and consumers in a dynamic clean energy economy. The Plan embodies a commitment to the customer, seeking to enhance energy value while efficiently deploying the public and private capital necessary to create and maintain an affordable, clean, and reliable energy system. All New Yorkers are encouraged to read and comment on the draft plan, which is available at http://energyplan.ny.gov/ .
More about Energy and Climate:
- Oil and Gas - Facts about oil, gas and solution salt wells in New York State, environmental regulations concerning oil and gas well drilling and information for landowners on leasing well rights.
- Sustainability Planning - Regional sustainability planning and the Governors Cleaner Greener Communities program
- Climate Change - How climate change is affecting New York, what state government is doing and what New Yorkers can do about greenhouse gas emissions and climate adaptation.
- Renewable Energy - Information about the potential for and development of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower, tidal power and geothermal.