In this article, the authors argue that the actions taken by several state agencies have demonstrated the need for improved energy policy. This article illustrates that Article X of the Public Service Law, as well as the current State energy system of production and distribution, is seriously flawed and that deregulation has not been good for the consumer or the environment. This article shows that this system has brought New York to its current situation-the building of numerous plants without a comprehensive or rational energy plan, and a push for distributed generators, increasing pollution of the State's air, water, and other natural resources, such as approving the Athens power plant in the historically rich and natural landscape of the Mid-Hudson Valley. The decision to build these generators in New York City in 2001 has set the precedent for use of this strategy elsewhere, raises environmental justice concerns, and illustrates the current shortsighted approach of New York's energy policy.
Recommended CitationJohn L. Parker and James Malatras, Missed Opportunities: California Energy Fears, New York Energy Policy and the New York Power Authority's New York City Turbine Projects, 20 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 427 (2003)
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