Wednesday February 19, 2014 and Thursday February 20, 2014 – New York State Energy Plan Hearings

On January 7, 2014 the New York State Energy Planning Board released its 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan with comment period ending March 31, 2014.  The Planning Board has scheduled six public hearings in various parts of New York State with three hearings scheduled around the New York City area.

When: Wednesday 2/19/14 at 3:00 pm in Brooklyn, New York City

Where: Brooklyn College, Gold Room, Student Center, 6th Floor
Campus Road & East 27th Street, Brooklyn, NY

When: Thursday 2/20/14 at 10:00 am in Manhattan, New York City

Where: John Jay College, 2nd floor, 524 West 59 Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, New York, NY

When: Monday 3/3/14 at 1:00 pm in Long Island

Where: SUNY Farmingdale, Little Theater at Roosevelt Hall, Melville Road, Farmingdale, New York

While the Energy Plan reaffirms the state’s commitment to 80% greenhouse gas reductions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 50% carbon-intensity reductions by 2030, it does not have a roadmap to show how we can actually get there. The Plan endorses natural gas as a major part of New York’s energy mix, continues support for the expansion of natural gas infrastructure and makes no real commitment on renewables. We need to turn out as many people as we can to attend these public hearings to let Governor Cuomo know that he needs to make a real commitment to stop investing in fossil fuels, including stop the expansion of natural gas infrastructure and LNG port, close down all nuclear power plants and make renewables a top priority. Each participant from the public can give up to five minutes of testimony.  Please bring at least two hard copies of your testimony to submit for the official records. For talking points, you may wish to click on AGREE New York website.  You may also wish to consult the following talking points suggested by the Sierra Club.

Suggested Talking Points:

New York’s Energy Plan has the potential to be a road map for combating climate
disruption, cleaning up harmful pollution and making New York a national renewable energy leader. Governor Cuomo’s Energy Plan must go farther to protect our families from the threat of worsening climate disruption.  The Energy Plan must lay out a path to immediately begin moving New York away from the dirty fuels of the past, like coal, gas and nuclear, and toward the clean, renewable energy solutions of the future.

1. The Energy Plan must include mandates for enforceable interim steps and
targets that will meet the state’s goal of reducing carbon pollution 80% by

2. New York must turn away from dirty and dangerous energy and double down
on our investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency now.  The Energy Plan must commit to extending energy efficiency programs past 2015 and increasing the state’s renewable energy target to 50% by 2025.

3. Let’s Turn not Burn.  The Energy Plan must follow up on Governor Cuomo’s
landmark commitment to solar (New York Sun) and make a similar commitment to
scaling up investments in clean, renewable wind power both Upstate and off our
shores.  The Governor’s Energy Plan must commit to doubling New York’s land
based wind capacity and invest in offshore wind this year.  Specifically, the state can
purchase offshore wind power to power Long Island from a project under
development east of Montauk point, and move forward with a project proposed by
the New York Power Authority in the New York Wind Energy Area off the
Rockaways this year.

4. New York cannot Frack and Burn to a clean energy future.  To truly combat
climate disruption, the Energy Plan must commit to retiring dirty, outdated and
uneconomical coal and oil plants and move beyond gas to replace aging and highly
polluting generation. Converting dirty and polluting coal and oil plants to gas will do little if anything to reduce the state’s carbon footprint when lifecycle Green House Gas emissions are considered.

5. New York must move away from further increased investments in gas infrastructure and protect our families and water from fracking.  Increasing New York’s reliance on natural gas commits New York to significant investments in unsustainable gas infrastructure that will lock in reliance on fossil fuels for decades to come, burden ratepayers to volatile prices, crowd out opportunities for increased renewable resources and open New York up to the destructive and devastating practice of hydraulic fracturing, which has decimated nearby states.

6. New York State must commit to decommissioning its nuclear power plants
and abandon any plans to increase energy generating capacity from nuclear
sources. The Department of Energy has yet to solve the problem of disposal for the
highly radioactive waste produced by nuclear power plants and the ongoing toxic
releases from these plants, both planned and accidental, pose catastrophic risks to
human and environmental health.

7. New York should electrify its vehicle fleet so that reductions in the carbon
intensity of the power sector translate into climate benefits from the transportation sector.

We will provide more information on talking points as we continue to learn about this energy plan.  Please do your best to attend one of these hearings.

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