Con Ed Proposal Opposed November 11 2019, 0 Comments

From Politico New York Energy's (2019 11 07) Marie J. French:

A joint proposal by Con Edison and the state Department of Public Service to hike utility rates runs afoul of New York's ambitious mandates to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, some environmental groups are warning. The proposal includes hundreds of millions in investments for new or upgraded fossil fuel infrastructure and defers planning for a future without natural gas. Environmentalists who did not support the proposal urged the Public Service Commission to reject it because those elements do not align with the state's new climate law. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July requires the state to reduce emissions 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and use offsets for only the most difficult-to-tackle pollution. Meeting the statutory mandates requires eliminating all use of natural gas for heating and powering buildings — a challenging task given the state economy's current reliance on the fossil fuel.

..."As the regulator of the State's energy utilities, the Commission must oversee the transformation of New York's energy sector to 100 percent clean," wrote attorneys for the Pace Energy and Climate Center in comments filed Monday. "The PSC must step away from a business-as-usual approach to the energy system and require that utilities immediately make deep and swift cuts to their use of fossil fuels, stop spending ratepayer dollars on investment in fossil fuel infrastructure, and actually adhere to the goals of REV and the mandates in the [climate law.]"
Full disclosure: While NY-GEO agrees with many of the points raised in opposition to the Joint Proposal, we have signed on to the proposal and have submitted this support letter.