“The Astoria Repowering Project will help improve the air quality in Queens and create a more efficient and reliable energy supply for New York City." - U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor, and environmental groups as well as local and state elected officials, today announced the addition of three prominent members, lending their voices to a growing chorus calling for clean energy production in Astoria, Queens. U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and New York State Senator Jose Peralta have joined the coalition, whose first order of business is to gain state support for the Astoria Repowering Project, which would update an existing power plant in Queens with new, dramatically cleaner and more environmentally-efficient generation equipment.
New York Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, chair of the SmartPower NY coalition, said, “I’m happy to welcome three new advocates to our coalition who will help spread the word about the positive impact of the Astoria Repowering Project. It’s time for the state to get behind this proposal, a common sense approach that solves a number of this community’s primary concerns, including the quality of the air we breathe, the cost and reliability of power and providing good jobs to hardworking New Yorkers.”
Representative Carolyn Maloney said, “It’s rare when such a diverse group of interests are all advocating for the same thing. I’m proud to join the Smart Power NY coalition because of what it means for the residents in Queens who deserve good jobs, cleaner air and a more reliable and efficient energy supply.”
Representative Joseph Crowley said, “The Astoria Repowering Project will help improve the air quality in Queens and create a more efficient and reliable energy supply for New York City. It will also create much-needed new jobs for New Yorkers in the process. I am happy to support this project and join the efforts of the Smart Power NY coalition.”
State Senator Jose Peralta said, “It’s important that we promote energy policy on the state level that achieves several important priorities that will benefit all of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves credit for outlining an energy agenda that will spur our economy in addition to helping the environment.”
The Astoria Repowering enjoys broad support from business, labor, environmental groups, local and state elected officials and the local community. The New York State Public Service Commission and Department of Environmental Conservation have already granted permits for the Project, which will:
- Put 500 New Yorkers to work for three years building the plant
- Reduce onsite “peak day” emissions by 98%
- Displace less efficient units, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,000,000 tons/yr., equal to removing 185,000 cars from New York City’s roads
- Increase generating efficiency by 56%
- Replace older technology units with new, efficient technology
- Help meet the electricity needs of New York’s growth with more generating capacity—enough to power 320,000 homes
Smart Power NY was formed to advance a clean energy agenda for New York, and advocate for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills. All of this would be achieved by leveraging private investment only—no taxpayer or ratepayer funds will be used.
NY Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is chair of Smart Power NY, and is joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., New York City Councilman and Chairman of the Environmental Protection Committee James Gennaro, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition Helping Organize a Kleaner Environment (CHOKE), the New York League of Conservation Voters and the United Community Civic Association, among others who are lending their support to the efforts of the coalition.
Additional information and a full list of coalition members can found at http://www.SmartPowerNY.org