ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - One key to spurring the state’s economy after the pandemic is green energy.
That was the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his third 2021 State of the State address on Wednesday. He’s expected to deliver his final address on Thursday.
“Today I believe the stars are aligned for real progress,” he said, “if we connect the dots.”
He announced 24 new projects added to ones already underway, including 52 solar projects, 13 on-shore wind projects, and three off-shore wind projects.
These include a 78-megawatt wind project underway in Lewis County, he said.
“These projects will not only create power but bring needed economic opportunity to struggling parts of our state,” he said.
The governor also announced plans to build a new transmission line from the northeast Canadian border to New York City, add capacity to a line from Massena to Orange County, and build a line from Greene County to New York City.
“In total, our entire green energy program will produce 12,400 megawatts of green power to power six million homes,” Cuomo said. “It will directly create 50,000 jobs and spur $29 billion in private investment all across the state.”
Cuomo said, “that, my friends, is how we launch ourselves into the post-COVID economy.”