New Podcast Episode: New York’s Pathway to Decarbonization

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Podcast guest Ali Zaidi is New York State’s deputy secretary for energy and environment.

Ever since Thomas Edison lit up lower Manhattan in 1882, New York has long been at the forefront of many energy and environmental issues, and that remains true today. New York recently adopted groundbreaking targets to decarbonize the state’s electricity, and eventually its entire energy system. This comes on the heels of an innovative set of regulatory initiatives to modernize and decarbonize New York’s electric grid, called Reforming the Energy Vision, led by Richard Kauffman, now an adjunct senior research scholar at the Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP). As the Cuomo administration emerges from the hardest-hit days of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain as to how the state plans to achieve these ambitious goals and perhaps show the rest of the nation what a pathway to decarbonization might look like.

In the latest edition of CGEP’s Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, host Jason Bordoff is joined by Ali Zaidi, chairman of Climate Policy and finance and deputy secretary for energy and environment in the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Ali served as top energy official at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration, among other positions. Since leaving the Obama administration, Ali has also worked as a transactional and regulatory attorney, co-founded Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy, and was a non-resident fellow at CGEP.

Listen here.

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