New York State Energy and Environmental Policy More Optics Than Facts

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor Comment: New York State energy and environmental policy is pure imagery and little more than green virtue signaling and moralizing at the expense of basic facts.]

New York State energy and environmental policy is more about optics than facts.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the recent spate of opinion piecesreports, and even policy proposals related to peaking power plants.  I evaluated the basis of these items in a series of three posts but because they are very technical I have elected to summarize this issue in this post.

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Indian Point Situation – Even Worse Than I Thought!

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor Comment: Something truly amazing has been revealed about Indian Point; the industrial sized renewable farms that are to replace it aren’t even making power for us!]

In April 2017 Governor Cuomo announced the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center by April 2021 and last week I updated my analysis of the effect on New York’s energy grid.  Robert Bryce, writing on the Real Clear Energy blog recently wrote about an aspect of New York wind development that I did not know about that is important relative to the replacement of Indian Point power.

In my previous blog post I noted that there has been no renewable capacity added since the announcement that Indian Point would be closed.  I believe that is a result of detailed permitting requirements that include environmental and public health impact analyses, studies regarding environmental justice and public safety, and consideration of local laws. I concluded that in the past 12 months wind projects totaling nearly 1,300 MW have been permitted and will show up as power that I presumed could be claimed for use as replacement for Indian Point.

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Indian Point Closure Making Guinea Pigs Out of All New Yorkers

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor Comment: Andrew Cuomo’s political decision to close the Indian Point Nuclear Station is forcing New Yorkers into being guinea pigs for an untested energy scheme.]

In April 2017 Governor Cuomo announced the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center by April 2021. According to the Governor “the aging 2,000 megawatt nuclear power plant, located 25 miles north of New York City, has presented numerous threats to the safety of over 20 million residents and the environmental health of the area”.  In April 2020 Indian Point 2 was shutdown.  This post updates some of my previous posts on this subject.

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Carbon Free New York or Cerebral Cortex Free New York?

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

[Editor Comment: Carbon Free New York is the latest sloganeering attempt at green political correctness in a state where government seems free of a cerebral cortex.

I have to give credit to the supporters for NYISO carbon pricing proposal.  They are pulling out all the stops.  The latest is a coalition of like-minding organizations named “Carbon Free New York” who believe “implementing the NYISO carbon pricing proposal in a timely and efficient manner and incorporating the cost of carbon into the electricity sector, New York will align its wholesale electricity markets with its public policy objectives to decarbonize the electricity sector as set forth in the Climate Leadership Community Protection Act (CLCPA)”.  I seriously doubt that any of these organizations really understand the ramifications of carbon pricing.

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Wind Energy Solution for New York Doesn’t Pass Smell Test

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

Wind energy is a big part of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) but a look at the numbers says it’s highly unlikely to work.

New York has established energy policy based on conceptions that do not hold up to numerate scrutiny.  This post addresses the idea that New York wind energy can reliably power the electric system and in tandem with solar energy can replace existing generating resources.  In order for the statewide wind energy resource to be considered a reliable source the distribution of wind energy must not include significant periods with low power output.

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NESE Is the Only Choice If Results Matter More Than Theory

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

The Northeast Supply Enhance (NESE) pipeline project is the only tested alternative for meeting New York energy needs and it’s time to get on with it.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline is a proposed pipeline to bring natural gas to New York City and Long Island.  This post documents additional comments I have submitted in a New York Department of Public Service proceeding related to denial of service requests by National Grid in New York City and Long Island which is associated with the project.

In NESE Pipeline Alternatives for National Grid I included an overview of the proceeding and described my comments.  Since then, I have submitted three additional comments addressing particular aspects of comments submitted by others.  Opponents of the pipeline alternative claim additional energy efficiency efforts can eliminate the need for a pipeline. The Eastern Environmental Law Center, for instance, submitted a report to the NESE docket by Synapse Energy Economics entitled “Assessment of National Grid’s Long-Term Capacity Report: Natural gas capacity needs and alternatives” on April 14, 2020.  Several commenters suggested that “climate realities” mean the current criteria for the coldest day can be revised.

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National Grid Alternatives to NESE Pipeline Not Great

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

National Grid has been forced to consider NESE pipeline alternatives that make very little sense in any world other than that of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline is a proposed pipeline to bring natural gas to New York City and Long Island.  On March 27, 2020 I submitted comments in a New York Department of Public proceeding related to denial of service requests by National Grid in New York City and Long Island which is connected with the pipeline project.  This Natural Gas Now post describes what is going on, the proposal to resolve the issue and my comments on the proceeding.  A more detailed version is available at my blog.

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The Absolute and Amazing Futility of New York Energy Policy

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

New York energy policy today constitutes nothing less than reckless endangerment of life’s necessities for the Empire State; dependable heat and energy.

A major theme of my blog is analysis of New York energy policy as it relates to climate change.  I have found that at the conclusion of every such post I am tempted to include an overview of my conclusions of the reality of the policy.  This post is a reference for three fatal flaws in the arguments used to justify those policies.

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AREGCBA Is An Exercise in Diving Into A Pool With No Water

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

AREGCBA isn’t Andrew Cuomo clearing his throat. It’s New York’s leadership diving into a swimming before checking to see if there’s any water in it.

In the summer of 2019 Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) which was described as the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country when Cuomo signed the legislation.  In early April 2020, NYS passed the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (AREGCBA) as part of the 2020-21 state budget.

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Fairgrounds Are the Subject of Major Grandstanding by the Governor

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

Andrew Cuomo is a grandstanding governor to be sure, but who among us knew he would engage in grandstanding with the New York State Fairgrounds?

On March 11, 2020 Glenn Coin at the Syracuse Post Standard posted a paywalled article at Syracuse.com entitled Governor Cuomo’s big promise to free the state fairgrounds of fossil fuels: What’s the status?  This post addresses the prospects for a fossil-free State Fair.

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