New York State’s Energy Future: Lighting Candles?

Posted: June 21, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Energy, government
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Another risible example of the climate ‘crusade’ to nowhere. Good luck to NY State’s energy guinea pigs in trying to keep the lights on without bankrupting themselves, all for no useful result.

PA Pundits - International

By Craig Rucker ~

The New York State Legislature just passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. This measure contains new mandates for the state to eliminate net carbon emissions in the next thirty years, by 2050, equal to just 15 percent of the 1990 levels. By 2040, just two decades from now, 100 percent of the state’s electricity generation is supposed to come from “renewable” resources, such solar and wind power.

The new law also authorizes numerous state agencies to issue regulations to achieve greenhouse gas emission limits that govern nearly every aspect of the private economy, including energy, health, housing, transportation, agriculture, economic development, and utilities. And, the new climate law also must be considered when agencies issue any permits, contracts, licenses “and other administrative approvals and decisions.”

Climate change policy now governs everything in…

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Comments
  1. ivan says:

    I assume the first thing that will happen is any industry that can move will move out of the state and I suspect that industries that can’t will try to do so.

    Since the state gets the bulk of its power from Niagara hydro and a big interconnector to Quebec helped by gas and nuclear all it will take, when they dump gas and nuclear to rely on unreliables, is for the interconnector to drop out or the Canadians to hike the charges, then there could be a complete change of policy and/or government.

  2. Bob Greene says:

    1325 was a great year. NY will return to the good old days

  3. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Geez, Oldbrew, Governor Cuomo must be drinking the same Koolade as your PM! Do they only serve it on first class flights then? Maybe here in Oz our pollies only get the cheaper, watered-down version, because our pollies are not as batsh!t crazy as yours. I wonder if there is an antidote? Oh, yes – the ballot box.

  4. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Oh, and ‘lighting candles’ – is that a sly reference to climate alarmism being the new religion?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Even the Pope is on board…

    Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/14/pope-francis-declares-climate-emergency-and-urges-action
    – – –
    Note to RC church: read the small print in the IPCC reports before making embarrassing public pronouncements on climate 😎

    Or just jump on the bandwagon regardless of the truth.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    of course once they kill of the in-state gas and coal power they’ll quietly start buying more power from out of state, notably from states that DO use gas and coal. Of course NY will flounce around saying THEY don’t produce any CO2. What a bunch of blazing political BS.

  7. Dave Ward says:

    One of the Discovery TV programmes that air in the UK is about a massive new development in NY (it might be the one which has been built over a main rail terminus?). It showed several backup gensets being installed, which will kick in if the increasingly strained grid fails. However, they are basically V20 diesel engines running on natural gas. A fat lot of good they are likely to be in the near future, if gas supplies are restricted as mentioned in the linked article!

  8. gregole says:

    I just came back from a business trip to Buffalo NY surveying manufacturers. Saw a sign that said “Can New York survive New York City?”.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Dave Ward – surely diesel gens can run on diesel as well?

    H.O. Penn CAT Power Systems, a full-service power generation provider for New York, has installed approximately 36 megawatts of standby diesel generators at Related properties including 10, 15, 30, 35 and 55 Hudson Yards.

    https://commercialobserver.com/2018/03/hudson-yards/

  10. Dave Ward says:

    @ oldbrew – yes, some are dual fuel, but I distinctly remember the ones featured being painted green (unlike Caterpillar’s trade mark mustard yellow,) and looking just like the one shown in the small picture on Jenbacher’s site:

    https://www.clarke-energy.com/gas-engines/

    They state that their engines are gas only, which means spark ignition and a lower compression ratio than would be used with a pure diesel. As far as I know “Dual Fuel” machines are basically compression ignition diesels, which can run on varying ratios of gas as well. The diesel injection acts as the “spark”, with the amount being reduced in proportion to the gas, and this can often be varied “on the fly” if required. Naturally, you would need storage tanks for the diesel fuel, which take up valuable space in a congested city environment. I guess the designers weren’t aware of these latest bonkers regulations at the time of building…

  11. oldbrew says:

    Who are they kidding?

    New York’s climate bill, touted as the “one of the nation’s most aggressive,” would only cut 0.3 percent of global emissions by 2050.

    In the meantime, global emissions are projected to rise, mostly from improving standards of living in China and India. In fact, China’s emissions growth from 2017 to 2018 was 1.7 times more than what New York plans to cut over three decades.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/20/new-york-climate-change-bill/

  12. Gamecock says:

    ‘would only cut 0.3 percent of global emissions by 2050.’

    Gimme a break. >96% of global emissions are natural. Human sources <4%. New York's 0.3% of 4% is stupid tiny. This is a damn joke.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Unfortunately the FUD from the Al Gore school of climate misinformation has confused many of the world’s lawmakers to the point of insanity, with the results we now see.

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