Sunday, August 9, 2015

An Assignment for Tomorrow

In July, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) held a two-day Technical Conference about the proposed "energy highway," which would run high-voltage power lines through a major swath of the Hudson Valley. The phase of the conference that will focus on need was postponed to give PSC staff time to evaluate the impact of new power generation capacity soon to come on line.

The research of environmental physicist Gidon Eshel has already demonstrated that the need for the proposed power lines does not exist. In presenting his findings, Eshel warned developing the energy highway would stifle the ability to produce energy where it is needed and support a handful of megacorporations instead of encouraging small energy producers that would be competing and creating jobs.

While the PSC is studying the need, the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition is urging people to call Governor Cuomo to tell him:
  • This power line expansion is not needed
  • We can't afford a $1 billion project that will likely increase New Yorkers' electricity rates
  • The future of the grid should look more like the Governor's innovative Reforming the Energy Vision program  
Visit the HVSEC website to learn more. Then call (518) 474-8390 to deliver your message.

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