A big step backwards
On natural gas, the plan is fundamentally regressive. According to Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, 10 of Europe’s largest utilities have decided to mothball or close more than 20 gigawatts of recently built, highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbine power plants because they are not recovering fixed costs. An energy plan that proposes to incentivize an exponential increase in the use of natural gas is not dealing responsibly with climate reality or market reality—leaving us to spend 21st-century dollars on 19th-century technology.
The deadline for public comment on the NYS Energy Plan is April 30. I urge you to read the plan and comment online at www.energyplan.ny.gov.