New York Power Authority stresses need for new gas turbines

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), worried that blackouts will hit the New York City area this summer, urged the New York State Assembly to support the installation of emergency turbines in the city. Representatives of three state energy agencies asked the assembly today for support of the turbines. �A delay of even 1day would bring us that much closer to the kinds of blackouts, brownouts and price spikes that have created the crisis in California,� said Eugene Zeltmann, NYPA�s president.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Mar. 22,�The New York Power Authority (NYPA), worried that blackouts will hit the New York City area this summer, urged the New York State Assembly to support the installation of emergency turbines in the city.

Representatives of three state energy agencies asked the assembly today for support of the turbines.

�A delay of even 1day would bring us that much closer to the kinds of blackouts, brownouts, and price spikes that have created the crisis in California,� said Eugene Zeltmann, NYPA�s president and chief operating officer in a release. California experienced 2 days of rolling blackouts this week as power supplies fell short again.

New York City is constrained by transmission access limiting imports to satisfy growing electricity demand. The NYPA has proposed the installation of 10 small gas-fired turbines in New York City to relieve the stress during peak load. The turbines will be located at 6 sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island. No feasible site was found in Manhattan.

The power authority stressed that the units will have state-of-the-art air pollution controls and emit 400 times less nitrogen oxides, 140 times less particulates, and 30 times less sulfur dioxide than many existing facilities with similar generating capacity.

The gas turbine generators will provide about 400 Mw of additional capacity in the city equal to the shortfall projected recently by the New York Independent System Operator. The ISO says that at least 80% of New York City�s power be produced within the city because of the constraints.

Besides the new turbines, the NYPA also invested about $300 million at public facilities in energy efficiency efforts reducing the need for 2 additional turbines. The investments include energy efficient lighting, motors and heating, removal of coal burning furnaces at public schools, and installation of efficient refrigerators in public housing apartments.

The power authority will also implement a demand management program to encourage government and businesses to reduce electricity use during peak hours.

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