Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed into the law the Power Act of New York of 2011 (A. 8510) on August 4. The law streamlines the siting process for new power plants in New York, permits financing of efficiency retrofits through customers’ monthly electricity bills, and requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation to put into effect regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The law also requires the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to conduct a study to identify the potential for increasing the use of solar power in the state. The primary measures in the bill establish a permanent streamlined siting process for power plants that produce 25 megawatts or more. Power plant owners must apply to a single multi-agency siting board and obtain a decision within one year.