Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Cuomo’s plan to “rebuild, strengthen and modernize New York’s energy system. The ultimate goal of REV is to change the energy system of New York to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 (“80 by 50”). This page links to posts addressing the justification for this strategy.
The best summary of the justification for REV I have found is About REV. I have quoted the justification below:
The electric industry is in transition. Climate change mitigation is a global priority. Renewable energy resources cost less than ever before. Energy innovation is growing by leaps and bounds.
Yet energy infrastructure is aging, extreme weather is more frequent, and the energy industry is still based on a 20th century model.
This was never clearer than in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Seeing the effects of the storm firsthand, Governor Cuomo sought to rebuild, strengthen, and modernize New York’s energy system while bringing economic growth to New York. His strategy: Reforming the Energy Vision.
Ultimately the goal of REV is all about climate change mitigation because extreme weather is more frequent. This page links to posts that address these statements.
I call your attention to one of those posts because of its importance. In the post “How much will REV affect global warming” I calculate the potential effect of the 80 by 50 goal and conclude that the potential changes are too small to measure. If the warming difference is too small to measure I cannot believe that any of the alleged impacts of global warming will be mitigated.
Relevant REV Inconvenient Truth Posts
The justification for Reforming the Energy Vision could be the subject of an entire blog but a discussion of the science behind the rationale is not the primary focus of this blog. The following posts are intended to provide additional information about the rationale for REV.