Astoria elected officials, climate activists demand Albany pass the New York State Build Public Renewables Act

Elected officials and a coalition of climate activists rallied outside Con Edison’s complex, which stores NRG’s fracked-gas peaker plant where they’re proposing an upgrade to the existing turbines, to demand that the New York state Legislature pass the New York State Build Public Renewables Act, in Astoria on May 17.

If passed, the legislation would require the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest public energy provider, to lead a mass buildout of 100 percent renewable energy powering at least 75 percent of the state and create tens of thousands of green union jobs in the process, according to advocates.

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