Reynolds/Martens Letter Raises Concern about de Blasio Clean Energy Strategy

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After a five-year wait for details, Mayor de Blasio's Earth Day announcement that New York City would achieve its clean energy goals through a contract with Hydro-Quebec left a lot to be desired. ACENY Executive Director Anne Reynolds and NYOWA Director Joe Martens responded to the mayor's announcement with a letter of concern, noting a number of flaws in the plan. Not only is the 330 mile-long transmission line still on the drawing board and un-permitted, but it runs counter to many critical state clean energy goals, both in terms of developing in-state renewable electricity generating sources and in the economic advantages of building generation capacity Upstate and Offshore. The letter to the mayor was followed by a public OpEd which ran in Crain's New York Business Review on Monday, June 3rd.