The vulnerability of our energy systems is exacerbated by the evolving landscape. With the decline of coal and nuclear power plants, competition from heavily subsidized green energy, and the growing challenges posed by extreme weather conditions, our energy infrastructure is on shaky ground. Even gas power, considered more reliable than wind and solar, can succumb to fuel shortages in icy conditions.
While much of the nation’s pursuit of clean electric generation remains focused on intermittent power generation sources like wind and solar, the strain on an already stressed grid could lead to widespread outages that could jeopardize both reliability and human lives. A recent reliability report from the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) underscores the pressing need for a robust and diversified energy strategy.
The NYISO projects a substantial increase in electricity demand, estimating a need for 111-124 gigawatts of new or modified generation by 2040, triple the current thermal generating capacity of 37.4 GW. The looming power shortfall in 2025 presents a significant challenge, requiring immediate action to ensure a reliable energy grid.
In response to these challenges, the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition-NY advocates for a smooth transition to a clean energy future. An "All of the Above" Energy Strategy is the key – a strategy that prioritizes reliability, embraces a "Just Transition" for skilled energy workers, and explores a range of technologies, including geothermal systems, hydrogen, and new, safer nuclear systems.