The buildings of New York City are some of the most breathtaking and iconic in the world. Unfortunately, New York is also home to some of the oldest, leakiest, and most energy-inefficient housing in the country.
To combat the problem of outdated housing in one of the world’s most populated cities, the NY York State Legislature passed the Green Jobs-Green NY (GJGNY) program in 2009. The program aims to retrofit 1 million homes and businesses for energy efficiency while contributing directly to the creation of 60,000 jobs around the state. GJGNY also has the potential to raise $5 billion in third party investments for energy improvements to New York homes without subtracting a single cent from the state’s budget.
In order to meet these goals, however, the New York must approve On-Bill Recovery.
On-Bill Recovery lets NYSERDA, the state’s energy agency, pay the upfront cost of making a home energy efficient, and then recover that investment as the homeowner saves on his or her utility bill. Even more impressive? Implementing On-Bill Recovery would have the same carbon reduction impact as removing 4.5 million cars from the road (Huffington Post).
Without it, GJGNY will have few customers, achieve very little energy savings and create only a small number of jobs.
By approving On-Bill Recovery, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s legislative leaders have a unique chance to move New York into a position of leadership in the clean energy economy. The bill could come up for a vote in the next 48 hours, making the next few days very important for this crucial bill.
Naturally, power companies are putting up a big fight against the bill’s passage in the Senate and are doing everything they can to block approval.
Don’t let them sway New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from his commitment to reducing environmental impact! Urge him to pass the On-Bill Recovery plan in the next 48 hours.
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