Plan to modernize utilities could be national model, but must embrace renewables
Kim Teplitzky, 267-307-4707, email@example.com
Albany – On Friday, the New York Department of Public Service (DPS) released new recommendations for the state’s groundbreaking Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) process, currently underway in the New York Public Service Commission.
The new recommendations call for immediate action by utilities to defer or eliminate costly and inefficient investment in conventional generation or transmission upgrades, and instead invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency resources to take New York’s energy infrastructure into the 21st century.
It comes at the same time a similar Governor-led process is underway on Long Island, called Utility 2.0. That process will take effect by next year and is likely to be a model for the statewide program.
In response, Lisa Dix, Senior New York Representative for the Sierra Club, made the following statement:
“We applaud New York for recognizing that now is the time for upgrading our electricity system. Through REV, we have a unique opportunity to position New York as a national leader embracing 21st century clean energy technology.
“New Yorkers know first-hand the devastating impacts of stronger storms, longer droughts and more extreme weather on our health, our communities and our economy. If this program is successful, it will cut carbon pollution that’s worsening climate disruption, improve our air and create family-sustaining jobs in a clean energy economy.
“In order to do so, REV must:
Establish near- and mid-term targets to meet New York’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030.
Incentivize large-scale renewable energy, such as onshore and offshore wind, to lessen New York’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Encourage 10-year commitments to extend the state’s existing energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in order to attract continued investment and job growth in New York’s emerging clean energy economy.
Prioritize deployment of clean distributed energy resources to increase system resiliency and reduce harmful air pollution.
Empower customers with the tools and information necessary to reduce energy use and lower their monthly bills.”
The Commission is now holding a public comment period on the recommendations and is expected to act on those recommendations later this year.
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