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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

January 26, 2004

Report: New York City will need to add 2600 MW electricity by 2008

New York City will need to increase its electricity capacity by 25 percent over the next four years, according to a new report by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s energy policy task force.

The city must have a dependable source of electricity to maintain its position as the financial, corporate and communications capital of the world, the report said.

“The city has adequate energy resources for its electricity needs today, but the margins necessary for reliability are extremely thin,” the report continued. “And the growth of demand for electricity in the city continues to be strong, even in the face of a weakened economy.”

The 16-member task force was established by Mayor Bloomberg in July, 2003 to address energy concerns in New York City.

The task force, which includes members from government and private associations, said that the city needs to increase its energy capacity by 2600 MW, or 25 percent, by 2008.

“The best way to meet this goal will be through a combination of generation plants (both new and repowered), transmission lines, and distributed resources---including clean on-site generation and various methods of energy efficiency and demand reduction,” the report said.

Natural gas pipelines and local electric, gas, and steam distribution systems should also be enhanced, the report said.

The report also recommended that lawmakers pass the Article X power plant siting law and support development of appropriate transmission lines and diverse fuel supplies.

The full report can be found at: home.nyc.gov/html/om/pdf/energy_task_force.pdf