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As the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority prepares to make crucial decisions to bring environmental justice to “Asthma Alley” in West Queens, public counsel for the City of New York’s Jumaane Williams recently announced his support for a plan to turn the massive Ravenswood power plant in Long Island City into a renewable energy hub.
Rise Light & Power, a Queens-based energy asset manager and developer, has announced its plan for a new 1,200 megawatt underground renewable energy transmission line that will carry wind and solar power from the north of the State – providing clean energy to the city while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
The Catskills Renewable program, the first of its kind, will advance the state’s climate goals and contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery, generating $ 2 billion in economic development and more than 5,000 local clean energy jobs, according to proposal.
“A renewed deal for New York must center on renewable energy and environmental justice, especially for communities left behind by economic progress or victims of environmental abuse,” said Williams. “As we work to transform and revitalize our city-wide electricity grid, prioritizing racial equity in renewable energy is critical, and the Catskills Renewable Connector would be a vital part of a renewable New York City. . We cannot choose between economic justice and environmental justice, advancing our city means advancing these principles together, and this project is a good example.
If approved by NYSERDA, Rise Light & Power will contract with leading renewable energy developers in upstate New York to build thousands of megawatts of new wind and solar power, and build the Catskills Renewable Connector to deliver that clean energy to customers in New York City. City.
He welcomes the news from those who have led the fight for environmental justice in the area of western Queens known as “Asthma Alley” where residents are suffering from a high rate of respiratory illness due to the power plants. Long Island City and Astoria power stations that generate more than 50% of the city’s electricity.
“We believe Rise Light & Power has a responsibility to serve as a catalyst for positive change, both in our communities and across the industry,” said Clint Plummer, CEO of Rise Light & Power. “The Public Advocate has been a strong voice for environmental justice in our great city. We are proud to work with him and deliver the large-scale renewable energy projects that will help create a cleaner, more sustainable city for all New Yorkers.
The Catskills Renewable Connector would supply approximately 15% of New York City’s energy needs, reducing reliance on external resources and the city’s carbon footprint.
The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions in New York State by 10% and 15% in New York City by 2030.