New York Gas Crisis

The Story

Thanks to the Cuomo administration’s devout opposition to hydrocarbon extraction, Con Ed has announced that Westchester County is facing a shortage of natural gas—a resource that exists in abundance underneath the soil of New York State. The state’s ban on fracking and its refusal to allow pipeline construction are taking a toll on New York’s economy. Last month, Consolidated Edison announced a moratorium on new natural-gas connections in Westchester County.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Gas: New York State’s natural gas production has gone from 150 million cubic feet per day in 2008 to virtually zero today, a direct result of the governor’s fracking moratorium. Read more.

  2. Nuclear: The imminent closure of Indian Point’s nuclear power plant, which provides about 25% of New York City’s electricity, has created concerns about how the city will replace the lost power-generation capacity. Read more.

  3. Wind: Governor Cuomo is pushing for 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity, but even if that gets built, nearly half of it will be needed just to replace the electricity now being produced by Indian Point. Read more.

“We can’t afford for development in this county to come to a dead stop.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Upstate Power Play By Robert Bryce (July 28, 2016)

“New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable-energy ambitions are running headlong into the hard realities of maintaining a reliable electric grid.”

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“One of the Big Apple’s most-sought-after citywide offices enjoys little power, has a modest budget and requires listening to residents kvetch. Now if the city can just get voters to the polls Tuesday to choose someone for the job.”