Cuomo failing on energy promises

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On April 23, 1,500 protesters asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject fracked-gas infrastructure. Cynthia Nixon told reporters that the state must rescind permits for power plants, say no to “microgrids” run on gas, and stop approving pipelines. All 26 of Cuomo’s “ambitious” renewable projects add up to a paltry 100MW of power once capacity factors are applied. And he is intent on getting CPV and Cricket Valley (CVE) online.Look at NYSERDA’s NY Prize microgrid program: Omitting Syracuse, which has proposed an incinerator; omitting diesel for black-start use; leaving out battery power and applying the capacity factors for renewable components; the stage-two winners will be getting public money for grids that are powered 98 percent by gas and which will run 100 percent of the time. NYSERDA plans to promote a few thousand more of these. The turbines in NYSERDA’s microgrids are the same ones used in compressor stations: they generate carcinogenic volatile organic compounds; they add carbon-equivalent pollution through both methane leakage and combustion; and they’ll need pipes or trucks to feed them. We went to Albany with peer-reviewed research on the harms of fracking infrastructure. We waved the Paris Accord at the governor. But we aren’t lobbyists or representatives of midstream corporations, so maybe the state Department of Environmental Conservation and governor just can’t hear us. CVE and CPV will each add 10 to 15 percent to the state greenhouse-gas inventory, effectively voiding Cuomo’s promises to cut state emissions. New York — the entire planet — is headed over a cliff. Is it time to change drivers?Dennis HigginsOtegoMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

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