Climate change funds in state budget struggle


As President Donald Trump took a hammer Tuesday to U.S. climate change policy, the state’s climate change program is again in a budgetary fight between Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state lawmakers and environmental advocates.

At issue is what to do with millions of dollars raised by the 9-year-old Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program that charges electric power plant owners based on emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gas.

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Community solar advocates support using RGGI funds to support industry


Advocates for community solar want the state budget to use $23 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for direct grants to community solar in low-income and environmental justice communities.

The proposal, advanced in the Assembly’s one-house budget, is the best use of that money, wrote a coalition of environmental groups in a letter to state leaders on Monday. The letter was signed by the Energy Democracy Alliance, Environmental Advocates for New York, the Acadia Center and other groups.

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