Statement in Response to Gas-Turbine Lawsuit
The New York Power Authority is obviously disappointed by this irresponsible and
This action, if successful, would dramatically increase the prospect of
California-style blackouts and brownouts, and resulting electricity price spikes, in New
York City this summer. It threatens the health, safety and well-being of everyone who
lives and works in the city particularly the poor, the elderly and others on a fixed
small gas-turbine units planned by the Power
Authority will be the cleanest power plants in the city. Thorough environmental review has
confirmed that they will not adversely affect air quality or the neighboring communities.
The Power Authority will invest an extra $5 million in each unit to install the most
advanced available pollution and noise controls. It will also work with the state
Department of Environmental Conservation to implement a "net zero emissions"
policy by offsetting emissions from the gas turbines through reductions in those at other
New York City sources.
The parties to this lawsuit are well aware of the Power Authoritys exemplary
environmental record. NYPA plans to invest more than $100 million this year in programs
that save energy and clean the air. It is a leader in promoting clean energy sources like
fuel cells and solar power and in advancing pollution-free electric vehicles.
This concern for the environment will mark installation and operation of the gas
turbines. They are the only new power sources that can be ready in time to help keep the
lights on this summer. Every days delay in bringing them into service will push New
York City one day closer to California.