Environmental Justice

Join the Environmental Justice Task Force!

CONTACT:
Charley Bowman
Phone: (716) 688-2374
Email: RenewableEnergy@WNYPeace.org
or
Frank Gage
Phone: (716)893-5584
Email: snowbird1967@roadrunner.com

Arrestees at Crestwood Equity Partners

March 7, 2016. Fifty-six Defenders of Seneca Lake being arrested at the gates of Crestwood Equity Partners gas storage facility near Watkins Glen NY. Bill McKibben was among the perps! Charley Bowman is 4th from the left… The grand event was organized by We Are Seneca Lake …see www.WeAreSenecaLake.com for more info…

 

Our Purpose and Vision

  • NY State should produce all its electrical power from clean, renewable resources of energy (wind, solar and geothermal- (and air-) sourced heat pumps) by 2030. All transportation vehicles – cars, trucks and trains – should run on either hydrogen or batteries by 2030.

  • No investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure

  • No Bakken crude oil trains (aka “Bomb trains”) in NY State and elsewhere.

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Renewable Energy Projects and Information

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Renewable Energy Production in New York State: Essentially, No Overall Progress in 9 Years
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Electricity Production in New York State: Methane Madness…
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War Abroad Supports Shale Oil Production in US and Canada

War in Iraq Supports Shale Oil Production in U.S.


Our Comments on the NYS Energy Board’s Draft Energy Plan

– New York State Draft Energy Plan is not a road map to a renewable energy future in New York State. The plan —

  • ignores discussing global warming and climate change
  • ignores discussing the serious problem methane poses to global warming;
  • ignores – – in its entirety – – discussing New York State’s immense now-in-place-and-functioning renewable energy infrastructure
  • ignores discussing the `frozen’ nature of New York State’s total renewable energy production
  • ignores discussing the serious problems posed by hydrofracking
  • ignores comparing the economics of shale gas with renewable energy
  • ignores discussing the impending problems communities and workers will face as coal plants close
  • ignores discussing possible funding sources for the gradual transition to renewable energy
  • ignores discussing the immense wealth within New York State that could fund the transition

In short, the NYS Draft Energy Plan is a moldy old road map for the purpose of continuing on the fossil/nuclear fuel potholed – – bumpy – expensive- pathway we’re currently on.

This report from the WNY Peace Center’s Renewable Energy Task Force discusses all that is ignored by the NYS Energy Board.

Enjoy reading –and thinking–about our upcoming renewable future.

Our Comments on the NYS Energy Board’s Draft Energy Plan


Electrical Energy Production in New York State…and Where We Have to Go….

Repowering the Dunkirk Coal Plant and Cayuga Coal Plant with Renewable Energy

The fact that coal is a dangerous fossil fuel for human health and the climate coupled with the cheap natural gas is forcing coal plant operators to close their plants, or curtail energy production. New York State’s Public Service Commission held hearings on what to do with the Dunkirk Coal Plant (Dunkirk NY) and the Cayuga Coal Plant (near Lansing NY on the shores of beautiful Cayuga Lake, just north of Ithaca).Only two choices were presented by the Public Service Commission: repower with natural gas or shut down the plants and improve transmission lines into both areas. The global warming potential of methane is about 90 times that of CO2 (Howarth et al. Climatic Change 106:679-690 (2011)). Hence New York State’s Public Service Commission is seriously considering an option (methane) that would enhance the global warming.

The WNY Peace Center’s Renewable Energy Task Force offered a third alternative: repower both with renewable energy by creating two large solar parks: one at the old Seneca Army Depot (between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes) — the other at the Dunkirk Coal plant itself. Our report can be downloaded here: Green Powering the Dunkirk and Cayuga Coal Plants

Seneca Army Depot Solar Park
— would be the largest solar farm in U.S.
Dunkirk Solar Park
Seneca Army Depot Image...

Red: 8,366 acres for a 2,091 MWp-dc solar park.
Excluding the following areas: Blue: 620 acre Area Q, home of the Seneca White Deer population
and Green: Five Points Correctional Facility.
Dunkirk Coal Plant Image...
Dunkirk NY Solar Park, 65.7 acres, 13 MWp-dc
Lansing Coal Plant
Lansing Coal Plant Image...

Lansing, New York — 313 acres, 78.2 MWp-dc .

Methane derived from shale or conventional sources contributes to global warming more than do coal or oil

…..both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger GHG [Greenhouse Gas Footprint] than do coal or oil, for any possible use of natural gas and particularly for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating. The 20-year time period is appropriate because of the urgent need to reduce methane emissions over the coming 15–35 years….Robert Howarth, May 2014 (see below)

Robert Howarth, May 2014: A bridge to nowhere: methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas

Howarth et al 2011: Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations

Jacobson et al paper: A 17 Year Plan for Generating all of New York State Electrical, Transporation and Heating Energy from Renewable Sources of Energy

“We have an emergency….we have a crisis” — James Hansen, Feb 20, 2013

Listen to James Hansen, inteviewed by Subhankar Banerjee, February 2013


 

Niagara Falls / Lewiston NY Solar Array Projects:

Niagara Falls Air Base & Lewiston Pump Storage Reservoir

We need to immediately begin the transition to 100% renewable energy….

Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), continue to increase. For the first time in our 8,000 year human history — on Thursday May 9, 2013 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) — the atmospheric CO2 level reached a landmark concentration of 400 parts per million1. Apart from a seasonal variation (minimum around October, ever-increasing maximums around May of each year), the increase shows no sign of abatement, and is due mostly to the burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity.You can view the current CO2 level (in parts per million) here: Current Atmospheric CO2 Level

The increasing greenhouse gas level is causing unpredictable changes in climate over the entire Earth: sea levels are rising endangering continued human habitation in coastal areas and islands; the oceans’ reefs are disintegrating due to acidification; the ocean’s temperature is increasing which will increase the frequency and severity of storms (superstorms); and the average temperature is rising, diminishing glaciers and sea ice, causing the slow rise in sea level.

All this adds up to one thing: long established food growing areas may loose that ability, while other areas may gain it — or not.

If the burning of fossil fuels is not soon attenuated, some of these climatological changes will likely cause war between those who continue to “have” and the newly “have-nots”, within the same jurisdiction (i.e.country or state), between countries, or both…

For example, the origins of the Syrian Civil War can be traced to an extended Syrian drought between 2006 and 2010. In that time, Syria lost 80% of its cattle. As a result of the loss of farming, 1.5 million Syrians migrated to Syrian cities — the largest internal migration in human history. These climate refugees needed new water wells to quench the thirst but permits to dig were given out in a sectarian manner. Wells were dug anyway. NPR broadcast a segment on the climatic origins of the Syrian Civil War on Sunday, September 8, 2013. You can listen here Also see The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising: Untangling the Triggers of the Revolution, by Francesca De Châtel, January 27, 2014

To abate the increasing greenhouse gas levels, we need to stop burning fossil fuels. The technology is available to do this through wind, solar and geothermal sources of renewable energy.

As part of this needed world-wide effort to transition to sources of renewable energy, the WNY Peace Center proposes gigantic solar arrays at the following locations: Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls NY, the Lewiston Pump Storage Reservoir in Lewiston NY, Dunkirk Coal Plant, Dunkirk, NY (now closed), Coal Power Plant at Lansing NY (operating), and the former Seneca Army Depot .

Slides of the most recent version of the proposal, dated October 20, 2013 are here: Niagara Falls/Lewiston NY Gigantic Solar Array Project

Nick Mottern – Knowdrones.org – interviews Charley Bowman about the Proposed Solar Farms in Niagara County

On April 26, 2013, as part of his wonderful “Drones and Global Conflict Education Series — Nick Mottern interviewed (now) Former Interim Executive Director Charley Bowman about the Peace Center’s plans for two solar farms in Niagara County: one at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the second on top of the Lewiston Pump Storage Reservoir. The interview can be seen here here

Weather Analysis Concludes that Niagara Falls Area is Best Suited for Solar Farms
In December 2012, Buffalo State College’s Dr. Stephen Vermette, and Jack Kanack (of Weather Medic, Inc), along with Buffalo State students Fred Bloom, Brigette Brzezniak, William Matalonis, and Samantha Thomas wrote a detailed analysis of weather patterns in Western New York. They concluded that Niagara Falls and Lewiston NY “…are best suited for WNY to maximize solar energy and the solar view, and to minimize the impact of “lake effect” clouds, and snowfall amounts…“. Sunshine Report


New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Annual Reports – “Gold Book”


Unofficial 2015 NYISO Gold Book Report – Excel Spreadsheet
Unofficial 2014 NYISO Gold Book Report – Excel Spreadsheet
Unofficial 2013 NYISO Gold Book Report – Excel Spreadsheet
Unofficial 2012 NYISO Gold Book Report – Excel Spreadsheet

Official 2015 NYISO Gold Book Report
Official 2014 NYISO Gold Book Report
Official 2013 NYISO Gold Book Report
Official 2012 NYISO Gold Book Report


Older Versions of NFARS/Lewiston Solar Farms Proposal

Some slides from an older version of the proposal, dated April 25, 2013, are here: Niagara Falls/Lewiston NY Gigantic Solar Array ProjectAn older version, dated October 4, 2012, is posted here: Niagara Falls/Lewiston NY Gigantic Solar Array Project

References

1. Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears, By Justin Gillis, New York Times, May 10, 2013.