Uh-oh: Blackouts may be coming to New York sooner than thought, courtesy of the state’s insane green agenda.
The New York Independent System Operator, which oversees the grid, just reported that Gotham would be vulnerable to power shortages by as soon as 2025, if the phase-out of natural-gas-fired “peaker” power plants (those used during periods of high demand) continues as scheduled.
The plants are supposed to be replaced by green-energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydroelectric plants upstate.
But these supplies might not be available in time and bottlenecks in the transmission network may prevent the out-of-town power from getting here.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line, for example, which is to carry hydro power from northern Quebec to New York City beginning in 2026, is facing construction delays.
The peaker plants are closing as part of the state’s fanciful climate-change plans, which will have virtually no effect on climate but make life seriously hellish for New Yorkers.
By 2040 — just 17 years away — none of the state’s juice will be allowed to come from carbon-emitting plants, even if there are insufficient sources to replace them.
It’s a prescription for disaster.
Yet neither Gov. Kathy Hochul nor the Legislature will apply brakes to the plans.
Indeed, they’re obsessed with finding more ways to play climate warrior, at the expense of constituents.
Those constituents better keep some candles handy.
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