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Source: Long Island Business News

LIPA report says “no” to new power plants

BY CLAUDE SOLNIK

Posted: April 24, 2017
Originally Published: April 24, 2017

The Long Island Power Authority has released a road map for investment in energy production that doesn’t call for building new power plants on Long Island.

The authority’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan and Repowering Reports gave a thumbs-down to building two combined cycle power plants in place of existing units at the E.F. Barrett and Port Jefferson Station.

“With flat load growth and the addition of renewable generation, Long Island has surplus energy generation capacity through 2035 and no current need for new large combined cycle gas-fired power plants of the type proposed,” according to LIPA.

The report also called for canceling LIPA’s 2010 generation request for proposals “with no award” and canceling further study of the combined cycle repowering proposals for the E.F. Barrett and Port Jefferson steam plants.

Adrienne Esposito, executive director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said it’s important to embrace renewable energy and that “this transition will occur over time.”

The report, LIPA said, also sought to “identify a pathway to a modern, clean, reliable and affordable electric grid of the future.”

“What we are witnessing here is a historic game changer on how Long Island produces its electricity,” Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, said. “LIPA’s latest electric forecast proves that energy efficiency and renewable energy have successfully stabilized the unrelenting growth in electricity usage.”

PSEG Long Island’s engineers, energy specialists, planners and consultants assembled the report which LIPA said was reviewed by energy consulting firm the Brattle Group and the New York State Department of Public Service.

LIPA projected reductions in demand for electricity due to energy efficiency and roof-top solar power, obviating the need for new on-Island power plants.

The report also cites the state’s goal of adding 800 megawatts of new renewable generation on Long Island by 2030, enough to power 350,000 homes with clean energy.

And it indicates that New York’s 2,400 megawatt off-shore wind goal for 2030 could lead to significant “development of off-shore wind off Long Island’s coast.”

The report also called for “technology neutral competitive procurements to meet future identified needs” and a repowering study of the Northport steam plant commencing October 2018, as required by legislation.