New York City Energy Shortage Projected: Nuclear & "Clean Coal" Proposed As Solution By "Some Experts"

In light of a state-projected energy shortage, New York needs an expansion of nuclear power; and, it's a near-"silver bullet" solution, according to an ex-Greenpeace expert. This, from a breakfast-talk held in the New York State Capital of Albany.

State energy experts forecast a shortfall of electricity in the state by 2012, especially in the New York City area.

A greenfield nuclear generation station would take around 10 years to plan, design, site, permit, and build. It'd have to be an existing site expansion if the solution is to be timely.

This next part is complex; but stick with us, please, because we think you'll find the plot fascinating.

This year, Gov. Eliot Spitzer has made passing a new power plant siting law [Article 10] a priority, although his deputies will not say if he plans to soften his stance in order to compromise with the Senate.

Power plants can still be built without an Article 10 law [currently expired and needing legislative renewal] in place. Without it, though, applications must go through a locally controlled and more open-ended process governed by the State Environmental Quality Review Act.Here's where it gets interesting. Note that bold text is our embellishment - so you can scan to the good parts.

Gavin Donohue, president of the Independent Power Producers of New York, an Albany trade group that represents power plant owners, said the lack of a siting law is chasing investment away from the state. "What we're doing is sending a message that New York is not a good place to do business," Donohue said. "We're looking for a bill that does not exclude nuclear and doesn't exclude new technologies like clean coal. Why do a law and just preclude someone rom participating?" Nuclear also got a boost from Patrick Moore, the former leader of Greenpeace who is acting as an adviser to New York AREA.

Moore attended the breakfast and sat in the audience. "Renewables can't do it by themselves," Moore said. "We have to look at nuclear energy as an essential part of the mix. It's not a silver bullet, but it's pretty close to it."

We looked over at SourceWatch to figure out who might be behind this "New York AREA" group.

New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (NY AREA) is a New-York lobby group that has backed a bid for the renewal of the operating license for the Indian Point nuclear power plants.

According to one news account, NY AREA is "funded at least partly by Entergy, Indian Point's owner." (Source: Michael Risinit, "Relicensing battle brews at Indian Pt," The Journal News (Westchester County, NY), March 30, 2005)

Entergy spokesperson Jim Steets told PR Watch that his company "was 'instrumental in the founding of New York AREA,' but said he didn't know 'how much of New York AREA's funding comes from Entergy.' He added, 'There's no question that there's a strong association' between Entergy and NY AREA, but as 'membership has grown, we've become just another dues-paying member.' NY AREA is comprised of 'independent-minded people, with interests of their own,' he stressed."

And Patrick Moore, who's he? New York resident perhaps? According to SourceWatch provided info (below), it seems likely that Moore resides in the Vancouver BC, Canada, area where his Greenspirit Strategies Ltd firm is based. So, hired gun breakfasting at Not-La Bergamote.

NY AREA lists Patrick Moore -- a public relations consultant retained by the Nuclear Energy Institute in 2006 -- as an advisor. [3] Moore appears in the November 2006 NY AREA VNR.

Patrick Moore was a leading figure with Greenpeace Canada and subsequently with Greenpeace International between 1981 and 1986. In 1991 he established a consultancy business, Greenspirit Enterprises, "focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change."[1]. He has worked for the mining industry, the logging industry, PVC manufacturers and in defence of biotechnology.

Moore describes himself as "chairman and chief scientist" of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a PR company that "work with many leading organizations in forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture and plastics, developing solutions in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change." He is also a Board Member of NextEnergy, a Canadian energy services company.

Wondering what City residents think would be a silver bullet? Hint: it might roar when it falls or howl when it blows across the water. See what non-ex-Greenpeace members had to say a while back.

Via::Albany Times Union, "Power plant rules sought, Governor makes priority of passing new law to combat impending energy shortage" Image credit::Nuclear Energy Institute website, front page Java flash image excerpt of idealized family dancing through flower covered meadow, breathing Nuclear Clean Air.