Alternative Energy Future For New York: Stanford Study

Andrew Cuomo, New York Gov. will soon decide whether hydraulic fracture for natural gas would be approved or not. No alternative to expanded gas drilling has been proposed yet. However, a new study shows that it is possible to convert New York’s all purpose energy infrastructures to one powered, WWS (wind, water and sunlight) and it is economically feasible as well. The plan shows a great way to an inexpensive, sustainable and reliable energy supply which can create local job and save billions of dollars which the state spend in reducing pollutions.

A senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Mark Z. Jacobson, co-authored the study with the scientist from the University of California-Davis and the Cornell University. Jabobson is also a professor Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He said that “Converting to water, wind and sunlight is very faceable and it will stabilize costs of energy as well as it will create jobs. In addition, it will reduce health and climate damage.”

The study is to develop a great plan to fulfill all the energy needs with renewable energy for transportation, electric power, industry, heating and cooling, and to calculate number of devices and jobs created, the amount of land and ocean areas needed and the policies needed for such infrastructure change. It also comes with a new calculation for air pollution based on multiple years of air quality data.

The study concludes while a WWS conversion may result in initial capital cost increases, these costs would be more than made up for over time by the elimination of fuel cost. It would reduce end-use power demand by about 37% and stabilize energy prices as the fuel cost will be zero. It will also create installation, manufacturing and technology jobs within the states.

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