New York Quick Facts

  • New York’s Clean Energy Standard was revised in 2019 to require 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. In 2018, 29% of New York’s in-state generation at both large- and small-scale facilities came from renewable sources.
  • New York generates about one-third of its electricity from nuclear power plants, and the state includes nuclear power as a zero emissions resource that counts toward New York’s 2040 emissions reduction goals.
  • In 2018, New York produced more hydroelectric power than any other state east of the Rocky Mountains and was the third-largest producer of hydroelectricity in the nation.
  • About one-fourth of New York households are heated with petroleum products, primarily fuel oil.
  • New York is the fifth-largest consumer of petroleum among the states, but, in part because almost three-tenths of state residents use public transit to commute to work (more than five times the U.S. average), New Yorkers consume less petroleum per capita than residents of any other state in the nation.
The New York (State) Control Area is still heavily reliant on non-renewable sources [New York Independent System Operator]
The New York (State) Control Area is still heavily reliant on non-renewable sources [New York Independent System Operator]

The level of decarbonization required by statutes to combat climate change in New York State, “will result in a grid and power system that are unrecognizable from the one we run today.” So says Zach Smith, Vice President of System and Resource Planning at the NYISO. In Episode 4 of the Power Trends Podcast, Smith takes us through the process required to vet new power generation projects in a given ‘class year.’

With the 2019 class year of over 100 projects, a three-fold increase over the prior class year, most of them for wind, solar, and battery projects, Smith walks us through:

  • The technical and reliability issues involved in reviewing power generation projects
  • Ways the NYISO is looking to improve and optimize the review process
  • The eventual impacts the public policy and the new technologies will have on supply and demand for energy

Patterns and Trends

n January 2019, the Energy Analysis program published Patterns and Trends – New York State Energy Profiles: 2002-2016 [PDF], a comprehensive storehouse of energy statistics and data on energy consumption, supply sources, and price and expenditure information for New York State.




Case Studies