For Immediate Release
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that it would conduct additional studies of the proposed Empire State Plaza Microgrid project, which was to be powered by a fracked gas power plant. The proposal has been criticized by Albany community groups for failing to consider renewable options, and failing to fully consult community leaders and residents.
In response to the announcement, Food & Water Watch organizer Laura Shindell issued the following statement:
“This is a big step in the right direction for clean air and environmental justice. Grassroots community leaders and their statewide allies pushed hard to get the state to do what it should have done all along: Study the feasibility of powering the capital complex with clean, renewable energy. In recent weeks, hundreds of New Yorkers have called Governor Cuomo’s office to demand he take action on this issue.
“This presents an opportunity for New York to have an ideal showcase project demonstrating that the clean energy revolution can deliver safe, reliable power without sacrificing the health and well-being of communities that have been victimized by dirty energy pollution. This fight isn’t over until NYPA commits to using renewable energy alternatives for the project.”