More than 20 energy, environmental and community groups have written to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly to oppose the use of clean energy funds for non-energy-related purposes.
According to the consortium, the State Assembly's budget proposal seeks to ‘sweep up $200 million in ratepayer-funded clean energy and energy efficiency programs administered by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).’
‘We strongly oppose the Assembly's proposal to raid $200 million of New York's clean energy money,’ they wrote. ‘Investments in clean energy and energy efficiency reduce pollution and benefit New Yorkers by reducing energy bills and providing new economic opportunities.’
"Unlike many investments," they added, "every dollar NYSERDA invests in energy efficiency returns $3 or more. An independent 2009 review of the renewable portfolio standard, one of NYSERDA's energy programs, found a six-to-one ratio of benefits to costs."
The consortium included the following organizations: The Adirondack Council, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the American Lung Association in New York, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Earthjustice, Environment New York, Environmental Advocates of New York, the Natural Resources Defense Council, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Interfaith Power & Light, Pace Energy & Climate Center, and the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.