NY needs CPV and the Constitution Pipeline

Posted: February 15, 2018
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Publication: Times Herald-Record 

By: Rob DiFrancesco

In anticipation of Indian Point’s closure in 2021, the New York Independent System Operator (NY-ISO) has prepared a study that says the plant’s 2,000 megawatts can be replaced by a combination of three natural gas facilities. Two of these are currently being built in New York – and one of them is CPV Valley Energy Center in the Town of Wawayanda.

Unlike activists who oppose projects because they object to the siting of facilities or they abhor fossil fuels, the system operator actually has a responsibility to provide us with power. Losing Indian Point means the NY-ISO must find base load power that can come online in just three years, and renewables at that strength won’t be ready in time. Natural gas is essential. That in turn makes it imperative for New York to build natural gas infrastructure. If we don’t, we’ll face disruptive or even catastrophic blackouts and price spikes.

Simply put, we need CPV; CPV needs the Constitution Pipeline; and the pipeline needs a water quality permit from the state. In only three years we lose Indian Point and its 2,000 megawatts of crucial power. The state must act now, or we’ll all suffer the consequences.

Rob DiFrancesco

New York, NY

Read it here: Letter: NY needs CPV and the Constitution Pipeline