The Atlantic Chapter Executive Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution in April 2013:
The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter supports the goal that New York State be fully powered by New York renewable energy sources of wind, water and solar by 2030.
In adopting this policy the Chapter reviewed several studies on the potential renewable energy sources in our state.
In March 2013, Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University, Cornell University professors Robert W. Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea and other contributors released their study as to how New York could be completely powered by renewable energy sources of solar, wind and water by 2030. Entitled “Examining the Feasibility of Converting New York State’s All-Purpose Energy Infrastructure to One Using Wind, Water and Sunlight,” the 17-page study demonstrates how all sectors of the State’s energy infrastructure of electricity, transportation, heating/cooling and commercial usage could be supplies by 2030. To see the full Jacobson study, click here (pdf).
Another study of Long Island released in 2012 by the consulting company Synapse Energy Economics concluded that the Island’s residential units could be completely powered by renewable energy by 2020, and that the entire electricity needs of the area could be supplied by renewables, with some fossil fuel backing by 2020. To see the full Synapse study, click here (pdf).