Ulster County to reach 50% use of renewable energy by next year

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KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that through initiatives outlined in the 2021 Executive Budget, the County will achieve the milestone of having over 50% of its electricity produced by locally generated renewable energy sources.

As part of one of County Executive Ryan’s “Big Five” priorities for a Green New Deal for Ulster County, he is committing to dedicate nearly $2.8 million to both the Department of the Environment and a series of green capital upgrades. One of County Executive Ryan’s first acts upon taking office was signing an Executive Order committing Ulster County to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030; these key investments put the county ahead of schedule to meet that goal.

“My 2021 Executive Budget will solidify Ulster County’s status as a model for how local governments can create their own Green New Deal and combat climate change,” County Executive Ryan said. “We can and must do more to lead the transition away from fossil fuels and these types of investments not only promote a more sustainable future but they also do so while creating jobs, being fiscally responsible, and enhancing the quality of life for our communities.”

“Ulster County has been recognized by the NYS DEC and the US EPA for its commitment to renewable electricity,” Director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment Amanda LaValle said. “This year’s budget will promote a greener future and will continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the County’s 45 buildings, 450 vehicles, and three dozen buses.”