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New York Reacts to Governor's Planned Electrical Diet

April 20, 2007

Gov. Spitzer wants New York to slim down big time, when it comes to electrical demand. The plan calls for cutting statewide electricity consumption 15 percent by the year 2015, a goal Dave Gahl with Environmental Advocates of New York says is the most ambitious in the nation.

“It's 12.8 million tons of CO2 emissions, and that's about the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars from the road, every year.”

Gahl believes Spitzer's approach is the most cost effective way to meet New York's energy needs, and at the same time, it should also produce job growth.
He adds that the electrical consumption diet goes right at the problem of global warming.

“Approximately 25 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions from New York come from the electric power generating sector. It's a significant reduction and it's the most ambitious plan in the country.”

The Spitzer plan also puts utility companies back into the game, according to Ashok Gupta with the Natural Resources Defense Council, because it doesn't just reduce consumption, it also promotes investment in new, cleaner sources of power.

“And that new clean generation then will replace existing dirtier generation. You need to do both things, because if you just do new supply, it can just meet new demand growth.”

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY