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September 27, 2001

Experts consider a range of issues affecting New York's energy future

The Sept. 11 terrorism in New York City strengthens the arguments for increasing and diversifying New York's energy supplies, participants in a Sept. 20 panel discussion on energy said.

The wide-ranging hour-long discussion took place Sept. 20 at The Council's Annual Meeting. Participants in the discussion were:

Much of the conversation focused on how the Sept. 11 terrorism will prompt energy companies and regulators to factor possible future terrorism into their strategic planning. Specific topics discussed include:

Owens, from the Edison Electric Institute, noted that coal still represents 52 percent of the nation's overall energy supply; he said the nation needs to find more ways to use it. He noted that there is outstanding research on progress on different clean-coal technologies, including the de-sulfurization of goal.

Crotty, the DEC commissioner, said any coal-fired plants in New York would need to meet existing air- and water-emission regulations, and that research on better coal technologies should be encouraged.