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Andrew Cuomo, a/k/a Governor Curruptocrat, is engaged in some nonsense that can only be described as the Cuomo Energy Follies.
Governor Corruptocrat has been on a renewables tear lately, hoping to set up himself as the Big Green Giant in a run for 2020 it seems. He proposes his Emperor State generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources in 13 years. Meanwhile, according to the New York grid operator, NYISO, New York already gets 56% of its electricity from projects using gas and 70% of new projects propose to use it. Like all things New York; watch what they do, not what they say.
New York claims to get 25% of its electricity from renewables, making Cuomo’s target a seemingly feasible goal. Read the details, though, and one learns hydro accounts for literally 80% of that. That power was created in the days when Robert Moses could build dams and no one could stop him, which isn’t going to happen again. Hydro isn’t going to grow. Therefore, solar and wind need to grow that much more. The inevitable result is the Cuomo energy follies; a laughable display of bullying and cronyism for those of us lucky enough to live outside of New York.
New York State depends on natural gas and will continue to do so. They’ll scarcely admit it, though, and Governor Corruptocrat is determined to play to a set of politically correct voters too naive to realize what’s happening. There are just too many political opportunities and too much graft to be had doing it. So, he’s pushing solar and wind with ludicrous projects that would embarrass even Moses, the original Power Broker.
One of those is the Lighthouse Wind project, which the great Robert Bryce writes about in a City Journal article cleverly titled “Where the Bully Winds Blow.” Bryce lays out the battle that’s taking place in Western New York over the project (locals are strongly opposed). It will occupy 20,000 acres of land to create roughly 200 megawatts of capacity. Applying the one-third capacity factor typical of wind suggests the project will really generate only about 65-70 megawatts of power, less than ¾ of one percent of that needed by New York homeowners, to say nothing of business, industry and transportation. Worse, Bryce notes the following:
In July, the New York Independent System Operator estimated that meeting Cuomo’s 50-percent target will require another 3,500 megawatts of onshore wind-energy capacity. That means adding 17 projects the size of Lighthouse Wind. In addition, the NYISO estimates New York will have to install nearly 10,000 megawatts of new solar capacity—an amount roughly equal to the existing solar capacity of Spain and Australia combined. Where does Albany plan to put all those renewable-energy projects? In rural areas, of course.
We can also, of course, expect all those concerns about environmental impacts and rural “industrialization” we’ve heard regarding natural gas development will be tossed to the wind with this example of the Cuomo energy follies. This is how it works in New York. It’s all about making a show, rewarding cronies and pretending things are happening that aren’t. Meanwhile, boondoggles such as SolarCity and the Lighthouse Wind consume subsidies and reward the corrupt politicos offering them. And, natural gas just keeps working for New York even as Governor Corruptocrat does all he can to frustrate it for public effect.