Big Windy Plans

The Story

Governor Cuomo has made a deal to purchase billions of dollars of wind-generated electricity from offshore turbine farms in order to meet his aggressive renewable-energy targets. Wind is essential to the governor’s plan to de-carbonize New York State’s electricity system by 2040. Adding renewables to the state’s grid may be a good idea, but Cuomo’s plans don’t add up.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Nukes: Cuomo pushed for the premature closure of the Indian Point Energy Center, now slated to be shuttered by 2021but nearly half of the offshore wind capacity that the governor wants will be needed just to replace the electricity that the nuclear plant once provided. Read more.

  2. Money: Despite massive public subsidies, New York State’s electric grid delivered less “green” energy in 2018 than the year before. Read more.

  3. Air: In addition to presenting environmental challenges, offshore wind turbines threaten Long Island’s fishing industry. Read more.

“If Cuomo was serious about cutting New York’s greenhouse-gas emissions, he would be fighting to keep Indian Point open.”

Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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