NYC and the New York Energy Highway

Last week, I wrote about Gov. Cuomo’s plans for wind power and how it might affect New York City in his New York Energy Highway Blueprint. The plan also details other ways that the City might benefit from the state’s energy updates. First off, it predicts that developing electricity transmission within the state will improve air quality in New York City, presumably by negating the need for City residents to use pollution-spewing generators during peak hours in the summer.

In addition, the blueprint considers the possibility of the Indian Point nuclear plant shutting down. A Request for Information brought in proposed projects totaling over 6,000 MW of energy that could be located in the New York City region or the Hudson Valley. However, there is no indication how many of those proposals involve renewable energy. Moreover, Indian Point has applied for an extension of its operating licenses, so the plans may never move forward.

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