Energy & Environment

Abundant natural resources and a superior natural environment make New York one of the most desired places to visit and live. New York is home to two Great Lakes, regions such as the Finger Lakes, the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, and hundreds of miles of beaches. All of these features contribute to New York’s important environmental heritage. Each region of the state has important natural resources to protect and conserve for current and future generations.

The energy “system” in New York State is made up of several systems, working together, to generate and deliver energy to customers. Energy markets in New York State are generally divided into two categories, wholesale and retail markets. The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) operates the high-voltage transmission network depicted on the left side of this graphic in blue. The NYISO administers and monitors the wholesale electricity markets, which includes 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines as well as over 500 generators of electricity. In addition, the NYISO administers bulk power markets that trade an average of $7.5 billion in electricity and related products annually.

The latest research, advocacy resources, reports, and resolutions related to county environmental and energy issues can be found below.

NYSAC White Papers & Reports

2019 NYS Budget Fact Sheets: Energy & Environment

Recycling and Solid Waste Management

2018 NYS Budget Fact Sheets: Energy & Environment