Article of Interest: De Blasio should rethink Canada hydropower plan

Posted: June 4, 2019

As New York’s energy needs continue to grow, the state needs reliable sources of clean, in-state power that can fuel its homes and businesses and bridge the way to its green energy goals.

The Champlain Hudson Power Express isn’t the answer.

Mayor Bill De Blasio has faced criticism for his support for the CHPE, a power line to transport Canadian hydropower down the Hudson River into Downstate and New York City. De Blasio and others claim that the additional hydropower will help New York reach its newly-advanced goals to reach 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.

However, by choosing to import energy from Canada rather than work to develop solar and wind projects across the state, the CHPE would deny New York of good-paying jobs and economic opportunity. Two environmentalists, Anne Reynolds, Alliance for a Clean Energy New York, and Joseph Martens, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, expressed their concerns with the project in Crain’s New York Business:

“In addition to onshore wind and solar, offshore wind off New York’s coastline has the potential to provide electricity not only for New York City government but for millions of downstate homes and businesses. Best of all, these New York-built projects will inject billions into our economy, provide thousands of jobs and significantly reduce greenhouse gases.

To be clear, we strongly support New York City’s commitment to procure 100 % renewable energy for its operations. But before it enters into a long-term contract it should evaluate other options that that we believe would create far greater economic and environmental benefits here in New York.”

Read the full op-ed here.