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Seggos, Harris energy vision incomplete


Dec. 6, 2021

New York’s climate policy as outlined in “N.Y.’s energy for change,” Nov. 28, by Basil Seggos, state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, and Doreen Harris, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO, seems incomplete. It focuses on renewable energy supply but says little about decreasing demand for energy and nothing about system reliability.

The commentary doesn’t mention any new initiatives to increase efficiency or stimulate conservation. No mention of new building code changes or new initiatives to help building owners and businesses improve energy efficiency and conservation. No mention of the high-energy impact of excessively large new homes nor any thoughts about restricting their size. No mention of restricting or shutting down high-energy use activities like bitcoin mining that have no useful purpose. Numerous other possibilities to reduce demand are not mentioned.


The commentary implies a transition to a mostly electric economy based on renewable energy but makes no mention of electric grid safety, reliability and necessary upgrades to accommodate a large percentage of intermittent and stochastic renewable energy resources. It makes no mention of building heat sources nor their delivery systems. Finally, there is no mention of nuclear energy as a non-carbon emitting base-capacity resource. High grid reliability requires a diversity of resources; renewables by all means but with a mix of nuclear and natural gas.

New Yorkers need a complete climate-energy policy that covers energy supply, demand, system reliability, costs and benefits. Renewable energy is one pillar, but a comprehensive policy is crucial to our future.

Joe Visalli

Schodack



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