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Wind, solar developers happy with Cuomo plans to speed approvals #NY

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ALBANY – Solar and wind energy developers took a preliminary victory lap Thursday in light of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to greatly simplify and speed up the process by which these new power plants are sited and approved. “This is a process that needed to be turned around,” Jennifer Maglienti, an att...


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Bob Meinetz on Feb 28, 2020 3:26 pm GMT

"'There’s a great thirsty need for clean energy in New York City,' said Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

"Let's face it, it's not like socially-unaware Manhattanites want to see those contraptions from their Park Avenue high-rise condos," Julie might have added. "Erecting our forest of industrial junk upstate won't bother anyone. Or anyone who matters, anyway."

The arrogance of renewables proponents knows no bounds.

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Matt Chester on Feb 28, 2020 5:26 pm GMT

New York state awarded two offshore contracts for 30 miles off the shores of Long Island last year. Given the below view of how 20 miles out turbines 'obstruct' views, there are plenty of options out there!


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Noam Mayraz on Feb 29, 2020 5:01 pm GMT

Matt, all y'all at Energy Left are irrational dreamers; talking about the future…. 

1. This morning I responded to Gary Hilberg who claimed that the utilities "... will allow uncontrolled connection (to his future microgrids) ..."

2. You, Matt Chester, wrote about zinc batteries for electrical energy grid storage - those batteries are being used for hearing aids....  I guess you dream that the technology is great from one's ear to the grid application... (same as mankind changing the 6 billion years solar system Earth climate…)

3. Here New York ban on natural gas is discussed, to be replaced by wind and solar current technologies, that are available, at the best case scenario, +/-20% of the time, to be New York prime power supply...   Go to Gaza Strip and ask them if they enjoy 5 hrs/day grid electricity ...

For a great reading see the following, copied verbatim:

But much of Pennsylvania’s natural gas can’t get to where it’s needed most. In New York’s case, the third-largest source of energy for electric generation and home heating is fuel oil, with natural gas and nuclear power providing the bulk of the state’s energy needs. While New York was 5th in natural gas consumption in the U.S., more than a third of the state’s electricity-generating capacity can switch between gas and fuel oil as needed—but fuel oil produces 38% more carbon dioxide than natural gas and generates more pollution, as well.

And, while Gov. Cuomo continues to obstruct new pipelines, generating political goodwill from some, his state’s policies, combined with a 99-year-old law that bans foreign vessels from shipping cargo between U.S. ports, result in the importation of liquified natural gas (LNG) from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago—rather than Pennsylvania or Texas.

Compounding New York’s natural gas shortage is a state ban on fracking, which essentially places the Empire State’s portion of the vast Marcellus shale formation off limits to economic activity.

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