solar panels and power lines

This month, more than a billion people around the globe celebrated Earth Day.

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the holiday has been linked to a long list of environmental campaigns while conjuring images of lush forests, pure waterways and clear skies.

But central to the mission of Earth Day is another critical factor: our power supply.

In this special section, City & State explores where we get our energy, how we pay for it, and how safe and sustainable it is.

We report on utilities calling for rate hikes several years after Superstorm Sandy, the state of our state’s energy infrastructure, and anti-fracking activists taking up the debate over a new pipeline.

And we hear from key officials on everything from low-emission cars to the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals.