Demand for electricity in our state continues to increase, especially in New York City, the largest metropolitan area in the country; yet innovative projects to increase our energy supply and to make it cleaner and more reliable—projects that would create thousands of great jobs throughout our state–have been stalled for years.
New York needs new and lower-carbon generation. New York AREA was successful in leading advocacy for the “Power NY” law passed in 2011 to expedite the siting, construction, and operation of power plants. In addition to building wind and solar, the replacement of coal and oil with natural gas will reduce the release of greenhouse gases into our air and help to fulfill the Clean Energy Standard requirement that carbon emissions be lowered by 50 percent by 2030. While the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas facility off the coast of Long Island was rejected by the governor late in 2015, this is an example of the kind of groundbreaking approach to cleaner energy that would move our state forward: saving costs to consumers, increasing reliability, and cutting carbon emissions significantly. Moving natural gas to where it’s needed requires more and bigger pipelines such as the proposed Constitution and Algonquin pipelines, which have been denied or delayed and should be approved.
New Yorkers won’t fully benefit from new energy generation if our transmission grid is old and feeble. Planning, permitting, and constructing enhanced and expanded transmission lines takes decades; the state needs to move now on making this happen.
New York AREA supports construction of new power plants, natural gas pipelines, and transmission lines to provide energy in New York, for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers.