Realism Key in Energy Decisions

Posted: April 14, 2018
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Publication: Albany Times Union

By: Dr. Matthew Cordaro

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer is absolutely right about New York’s need for natural gas pipelines and facilities to power our state after Indian Point closes (Opinion on the web: “Natural gas best to replace nuclear,” March 2).

Those who disagree, including Riverkeeper, are irresponsibly dismissing facts. Worse, their opposition will set New York behind in meeting both its energy demands and its ambitious environmental goals (“Writer misstated facts on energy,” March 18; “Renewable energy can meet future needs,” March 20; “Clean energy can replace Indian Point’s power,” March 20).

The New York Independent System Operator says our needs can be met by a combination of three natural gas facilities. Their job is purely to make sure we have power; they’re agnostic as to the source. I know this firsthand as former president and CEO of the Midwest Independent System Operator.

NYISO has a deadline: they need new power sources online by 2021. What’s closest to being ready are three natural gas plants, but two of them are still under construction and they won’t work without pipelines. The state, bowing to pressure from advocacy groups, has repeatedly refused to permit the pipelines.

Note that Brad Jones, NYISO CEO, has repeatedly stated renewable power is nowhere near ready to replace Indian Point.

Unlike the misguided opposition, NYISO isn’t ideological, but it is responsible for getting the job done. NYISO says it needs no less than three natural gas plants online by 2021 or we’ll risk reliability issues with our power grid.

New York has no excuses and no time to waste.
Matthew C. Cordaro, Ph.D.

Shoreham

Former executive, utility industry; educator, scientist and researcher in the fields of business, energy and the environment

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