New York State’s decision to deny the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline a necessary permit puts New York City and Long Island at risk for reliable natural gas. Last week, National Grid declared a moratorium on all future projects in the Downstate region should the NESE not go through.
Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City and New York AREA Advisory Board member, co-authored an op-ed in the New York Daily News pointing out the risks of a moratorium to the state’s clean energy goals and overall economy.
“The entire state is at risk if NESE is not built. We all depend on the payrolls and tax revenues generated by the metropolitan region. Already there is a looming moratorium on new, gas-powered buildings here. As much as $300 billion in new development is at risk if the pipeline is not constructed. Even worse from an environmental point of view, a gas moratorium will force many new buildings to revert to oil-powered systems — an option that no one should welcome.
… As it stands, renewables cannot meet New York’s enormous energy demands. It will take many years before that changes. National Grid has said that nearly 8,000 planned oil-to-gas residential conversions annually will be put on hold if NESE is not approved. In addition, planned conversion of major commercial buildings, including public housing, will be halted and will continue to depend on dirty oil for heat — a net loss for New York’s environmental, public health and clean air goals.”
Read the full op-ed here.