Unatego Area Landowners Association
A NYSEG rate increase, carefully explained by Dick Downey, explains so much about what’s wrong with Andrew Cuomo’s energy policies, which are killing NY.
Adrian Kusminski’s recent editorial (Hometown Oneonta, ,9/5/19), “Refocus $500M From Pipelines To Renewables,” plays three card monte with reality and the truth.
Mr. Kusminski questions the NYSEG’s petition to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rate increase. In particular, he obiects to the allocation of $203 million (not $500 million as headlined ) toward upgrading and expanding capacity of the DeRuyter gas pipeline servicing Oneonta. He states. “To cover costs of the pipeline, NYSEG is asking for a combined gas and electric hikes of 27%.”
Better to fund renewables, he says. Their energy source, the sun, is FREE (his emphasis). He notes, “Wind farms have gotten so cheap you can build and operate them for less than the expected costs of buying fuel for an equivalent natural gas plant.” Supporting gas infrastructure denies funds for renewables which, in turn, “all but guarantees our region will remain an economic backwater.”
Wrong overall and often disingenuous.