NEW YORK HAS AMBITIOUS CLEAN ENERGY GOALS AND AN ENERGY MIX THAT INCLUDES NATURAL GAS IS PART OF THE SOLUTION.
As New York transitions into a clean energy state, we need a diverse mix of energy sources to sustain our state's energy needs. An energy mix that includes natural gas and renewables will ensure reliability and affordability for the long term. Natural gas is a crucial part of the energy mix. It is always on.
Right now, renewable energy sources produce intermittent power, which means they don't produce energy when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. In addition to these roadblocks, renewables also don't reliably generate energy through events like natural disasters or harsh winters. As a result, energy prices can skyrocket with demand and New Yorkers are forced to rely on dirty fuel, like coal and oil, to meet energy needs. Millions of New Yorkers experienced this spike in heating cost this past winter. Even worse, over 323,000 New Yorkers didn't have heat while temperatures plummeted because of a lack of sustainable access to natural gas.
NY ISO estimates that coil/oil generation this January shot up 220% compared to last year. During the cold snap this year, NY used more dirty coal and oil to meet energy demands due to a lack of natural gas infrastructure and intermittent renewable resources.
New Yorkers will also face another energy challenge in 2021 when Indian Point Energy Center closes and the power it produces disappears. Indian Point produces about 25% of the downstate region's energy and this power must be replaced. Natural gas partnered with renewables can fill this gap.
It's clear that New York needs a fuel source that runs 24/7 and keeps costs low in the face of dirty coal/oil and intermittent renewables. That fuel source is natural gas.
Natural gas is a clean, reliable, and abundant energy source that will keep heating and energy costs low and keep the lights on when demand spikes.
We need our state and local elected officials to support natural gas as part of the energy mix to keep New York strong as we work towards a clean energy future.