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New York state unveils energy efficient standards

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to unveil new state energy efficiency standards before Earth Day.

The governor vowed to release new standards back in January when he laid out his environmental agenda for the year. The new standards would set an efficiency target for 2025, and presumably set out incentives and state assistance to help energy companies, businesses and residents reach the goal.

Last week, several clean energy and conservation groups dropped off thousands of signed petitions to urge Cuomo to set an aggressive goal.

“Energy efficiency is all about doing more with less,” said Jessica Azulay, of the Alliance for a Green Economy. She said that while the state must also expand investments in clean energy like wind, solar and geothermal, energy efficiency is one of the best ways to curb energy demand while also creating local energy efficiency jobs.

Cuomo’s office says more than 110,000 New Yorkers are employed in energy-efficiency related jobs, including technicians who can help lower residential and business energy needs by installing more efficient heating, cooling and electrical systems.