New York's energy regulators recently released the long-awaited "Gas Planning White Paper," revealing their plan for our state's gas utilities. Unfortunately, their plan, while making some improvements to business as usual, does not demonstrate a path for phasing out gas. Regulators brazenly ignored 190 elected officials and 130 organizations that called for a "managed, equitable, affordable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy." Now we need to tell them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a real plan.
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New Yorkers are ready to work together toward our climate goals, and we expected the Public Service Commission to issue a draft plan to get NY gas utilities to transition off of gas in August 2020, as they promised. However, as each month ticks by, we continue to see NO PLAN, only delay after delay. As the PSC delays, utilities move full steam ahead building more fracked gas pipelines and charging US to do it. Utilities are putting our communities in danger both from fracked gas infrastructure and exacerbated climate change. We need our state regulators to step up!
After the Williams NESE pipeline was rejected by New York State, National Grid proposed other gas infrastructure options to serve customers in its downstate service territory. Over 100 New Yorkers showed up at our People's Hearing to tell the Public Service Commission to reject gas pipelines and embrace the "no-infrastructure" alternative of energy efficiency, demand response, and heat pumps. Learn more by watching this People's Hearing Video and submit a comment here.
New York's regulators are considering right now how to align gas utility planning with our ambitious climate targets. Nothing less than the future of heat in New York is at stake. Join us to say that the future of heat in New York is renewable, not methane gas and not oil. Read our statement here.
We can heat our homes without warming the planet
New Yorkers can reduce the demand for fossil fuels and make home heating more affordable, by changing the way our homes are heated and putting in the right policies.
Join us as we raise awareness about how New York can convert from fossil fuel heating systems to efficient renewable-ready electric systems, such as cold climate heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps, which are widely available technologies.