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In April, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, D-N.Y., and Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson, D-N.Y., introduced a new plan that reduces energy costs and curbs pollution in New York.

"Nowhere is the need for a creative new approach more apparent than in our energy sector," comments Spitzer. "We have some of the highest electricity costs in the nation and our thinking on energy policy is as outmoded as our aging power plants."

The plan focuses on energy efficiency and conservation, and includes investing $295 million for renewable energy projects throughout the state, the governor's office says. It also includes proposed power plant siting legislation that would create an expedited review process for new wind power projects.

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