November 5, 2014

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Hudson Valley smart energy Coalition not sold on new power lines

MID-HUDSON – The Hudson Valley Smart energy Coalition, a broad-based collaboration of community groups, Scenic Hudson and area officials, have partnered to voice their concern about new power lines proposed to run through the area.

Bard College Research Professor of Environmental Science and Physics Dr. Gidon Eshel said that existing electricity infrastructure can handle downstate peak power loads until at least 2040.  He said there is “simply no need for the proposed power lines at any time between now and 2040.”

Scenic Hudson staff attorney Hayley Carlock said her organization concurs with that.

“Due to changing population trends, increased energy efficiency and conservative assumptions about additional other generation and transmission projects in the queue and taking into consideration importantly the potential retirement of Indian Point in 2016, we will still have ample supply to meet peak demand in New York City through 2040,” Carlock said.



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