Any Way the Wind Blows

The Story

Governor Cuomo wants to move a big chunk of New York’s electric grid offshore. With the closure of the Indian Point Energy Center looming in 2021, the governor is pushing his version of the Green New Deal, which includes 9,000 megawatts of new offshore wind-energy capacity. But even if Cuomo succeeds in anchoring thousands of wind turbines in some of the most heavily fished and navigated waters on the eastern seaboard, the new installations won’t come close to supplying all the electricity New York needs.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Nuclear: The Indian Point facility currently supplies about 25% of New York City’s electricity. Read more.

  2. Wind: Nearly half of Cuomo’s 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity will be needed just to replace the electricity now being generated by Indian Point. Read more.

  3. Fish: Commercial fishermen in Montauk and other coastal towns are fighting to protect their fisheries from the encroachment of Big Wind. 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

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Where the Bully Winds Blow By Robert Bryce (December 1, 2016)

“New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable-energy plan will require forcing small towns to build turbines against their will.”

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