Lightbulb: 85 developers and companies have offered 130 ideas on how to upgrade the state’s energy highway, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today.
The ideas would generate 25,000 megawatts of new power.
Cuomo issued the RFI (Requests For Information) on April 11, asking for proposals to support an energy highway in the state. The responses are at: www.nyenergyhighway.com.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported earlier this month that Cuomo is in talks to lower New York’s cap on carbon-dioxide emissions, a move pushed by environmental groups but could lead to the closure of upstate coal plants. Cuomo also wants to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester, so the state would need plenty of new energy sources if all those plants close.
“The overwhelming response shows there is a strong interest in the energy industry to make sizable and needed investment into our energy infrastructure,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The next step is to review these ideas and develop an action plan to modernize our energy highway with a focus on improving safety and reliability, making the grid more efficient, improving the environment and lowering costs for consumers.”
The breakdown of responses, Cuomo’s office said, were: 51 for generation, 29 for transmission, four gas pipelines and 46 submissions covering various ideas related to the energy industry.
The Governor’s Task Force is taking comments on the ideas, and then it will develop its own recommendations.