NYSERDA found that without nuclear, NY ratepayers face a $9 billion increase in energy prices. The revised integration analysis ultimately supported continued operations of existing nuclear and the introduction of new nuclear technology. They went on to emphasize that there are federally funded programs to help install new nuclear and continue the operations of existing nuclear power to achieve the 2035 and 2050 carbon reduction deadlines.
Toward the end of the meeting the CAC panel member Peter Iwanowicz noted that he would like to see the draft language move toward the “emissions intensity” definition for hydrogen power.
In reply, Gavin Donohue of IPPNY responded, “If we are going to define green hydrogen then let’s define what is the definition of fossil gas? It is a fairness issue and a credibility issue that the panel must address. We should not be picking winners and losers. If we have a definition for one, we should have definitions for others.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Absolute targets aim to reduce GHG emissions by a set amount. An intensity target is a normalized metric that sets an organization's emissions target relative to an economic or operational variable.”
At this point in time, it is unclear which “variable metric” the CAC will use to define hydrogen; however, the new issue of defining hydrogen’s role in the CLCPA will be further discussed in future meetings.
The meeting agenda is available here and the video and meeting materials will be posted to the CAC website in the coming days.
The Clean Energy Jobs Coalition live tweeted during the meeting, capturing key comments and observations by panelists and participants.
You can view our full thread on Twitter here (scroll to November 7, 2022) and get additional insight from Politico’s energy reporter Marie French here (scroll to November 7, 2022).
For more information, you can view past meetings and materials of the CAC as follows:
Monday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, October 13
Thursday, September 29
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