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New York considers fast tracking green power

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New York Governor Eliot Spitzer wants to cut the state's use of traditional electricity sources by 15% within the next eight years. He also wants to increase electricity supply in New York by renewing Article X, the state's power-plant building law which lawmakers allowed to expire in 2003. Capacity has barely increased since then although demand continues to rise in a state containing one of the world's largest cities. Spitzer's proposed revision of Article X, which includes wind development, would fast-track power plants that meet specific emission standards. Power Trends 2007, a recent study from the New York Independent System Operator, says generation and transmission resources are expected to be adequate through 2010, but deficiencies may occur in the state's southeastern region by 2011, particularly in New York City and on Long Island. Lack of power in those areas would become acute by 2016. Meantime, a program of incentives for wind power purchase is sparking hundreds of megawatt of wind development (page 48).

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