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Building a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system.

Our energy system impacts everyday life in countless ways – from defining how we get around the city to how we heat and cool our homes to the health of our communities Facing a continued heavy reliance on fossil fuels, high energy costs, and the intensifying impacts of climate change, NYC is taking bold action to achieve a just transition to a clean, affordable, and resilient energy system.

Ensuring Affordable Energy Access for All.

Today, too many New Yorkers are struggling to pay their energy bills due to the high cost of energy in NYC. When a family pays more than 6% of their income on energy bills, they are considered “energy-cost burdened.” In 2019, approximately 600,000 families in NYC–amounting to over 1.5 million residents–were energy-cost burdened. Neighborhoods in the South Bronx, Jamaica Bay, the South Shore of Staten Island, and East New York are particularly impacted by energy cost burden.

Reaching our climate goals will require many buildings to switch their heating and hot water systems from fossil fuels to clean electricity. It is imperative that this transition be planned to ensure it is affordable for all New Yorkers. A just transition to a clean energy system is foundational to addressing climate change and creating a fairer and healthier city.

The City has been a strong advocate for low-income utility customers. Since 2019, we have successfully petitioned the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to expand access to the low-income program, limit utility service terminations, create an emergency COVID relief subsidy, and make it easier for customers to resolve issues relating to unpaid bills. More recently, the City successfully petitioned for more utility bill discounts for low-income customers; learn more.

Source: New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Power Trends Report 2022 Electricity production is drastically cleaner in upstate New York compared to downstate, largely due to greater access to hydropower and wind resources. "Downstate" is defined to include NYC, Long Island, Westchester, the Hudson Valley, and the capital region (NYISO Zones F-K). "Upstate" encompasses the remaining areas of the State (NYISO Zones A-E). Visit the NYISO's website for more information.

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When we bring our voices, our action, and our advocacy to our schools, our homes, and our workplaces, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future for the 8.3 million people who call our five boroughs home.

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