To Cuomo & Public Service Commission: Tell NatGrid: Don’t poison Greene & Dutchess Co residents to power NYC! Renewables NOW!


Background Info: For over three years, New Yorkers fought to stop the Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline and won on May 15! But instead of listening to New Yorkers, corporate utility National Grid is pushing their “Williams Pipeline Plan B” to bring in more fracked gas by:

  1. Speeding up construction of a transmission pipeline through North Brooklyn

  2. Expanding their Greenpoint, North Brooklyn Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility

  3. Expanding compressor stations along the “Iroquois” Pipeline in Dutchess & Greene Co's and parts of CT.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is expected to make a decision on National Grid’s long-term energy plan at their June 11 meeting. Here are some reasons why New Yorkers are calling on them to reject all fracked gas options and support renewables and efficiency instead:

The fossil fuel options they are presenting are:

  1. Two new liquefied fracked gas (LNG) vaporizers at National Grid’s Greenpoint depot in Brooklyn that would cost ratepayers $59 million.

  2. “Iroquois” Pipeline expansion -- a 414 mile, 35 year old pipeline originating in Canada and cutting down the entire state of NY and toward the NYC metropolitan region via the Long Island Sound -- of compressor stations in Dutchess and Greene Counties and parts of Connecticut to fill their NYC and Long Island territory.

The renewable “no infrastructure” option they are not doing enough of, and we must fight for:

  • National Grid’s “no infrastructure” proposal has three components:

  1. energy efficiency in the form of home weatherization

  2. demand response like thermostats on timers and other means of cutting peak demand

  3. Electrification which means heat pumps (renewable heat equipment) for space and hot water heating and efficient electric appliances such as induction stoves for cooking.

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