The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on Thursday adopted regulations that require all power plants to meet strict emissions limits, a move expected to phase out the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants by 2020.
The DEC is also working on proposed regulations that would restrict NOx emissions from power plants meeting peak demand. Combined, the rules would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.
New York only has two remaining coal plants: the Somerset Generating Station near Barker and the Cayuga Station in the Finger Lakes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, in December pledged to bring the state to 100% clean energy, including nuclear, by 2040.