The Politics of Energy in New York State

Paul A. DeCotis and Sean Ferguson

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Politics of Energy in New York State


This article deals with energy policy in New York State. It first introduces New York's interest in developing energy resources, dating back to the early part of the twentieth century. The Power Authority provides financial discounts to businesses and institutions to decrease their electricity costs through the Recharge New York program. The environmental benefits of pursuing clean energy development were consistent with efforts required under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce criteria pollutant emissions. The relationship among the state's energy agencies and authorities is examined. New York succeeded in decreasing dependence on oil for electricity generation, but did not follow through on offering incentives for the conversion of oil plants to coal. The leadership and vision demonstrated by governors and legislative leaders as well as individuals in government and special interest groups has collectively managed to guide and direct energy policy for the past few decades.

Keywords: energy policy; New York State; energy resources; Power Authority; clean energy; electricity generation

Article.  16032 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Public Policy

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