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Council defends stance on NRG

June 30, 2013

By KEN POKALSKY As discussed, I am sending this as a follow up to our discussion regarding The Business Council’s May 29 statement on the Public Service Commission’s review of repowering Dunkirk and......

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Jun-30-13 10:43 AM

As I have said all along this is an issue of costs. We live in a very competitive world so the question is "can NRG compete price-wise while paying $8 million per year in property taxes to support a bloated government bureaucracy?" I think the answer is "no". Of course there are other factors that enter into the cost of producing electricity including the cost of labor and recovery of the $500 million investmentr to convert to natural gas. Industry does not exist to create local jobs and they do not exist to pay taxes. Their primary responsibility is to create a return on investment to stockholders - it's really that simple. If NRG can convince the Public Service Commission that they can produce power at a cost comparable to other producers then I believe the plant will survive and they will have the support of the Business Council.

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Jun-30-13 9:28 AM

Another forced subsidy. The govt wants to force people to buy electric cars . Everytime one buys a car , one is helping rich people buy very expensive electric cars called teslas. While Henry ford reduced car prices,(on PBS) our great govt leaders are raising them and helping rich people buy them. Still think govt people are indispensible libs ? look to California and wait for it here.

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Jun-30-13 8:57 AM

Localone, we need more people like you ! windmills are unreliable . They exist only because of subsidy.Why is natural gas so cheap and abundant? because of fracking . yet our leaders oppose it due to various end of the world scenarios. People use more water irrigating lawns than fracking . Which is more useful to society ? Our govt says green lawns. Mr Pokalsky is very confused.Dumbacratitis is contagious.we have a society that runs on heat and the libs are mandating windmills and solar. they dont get any dumber than a liberal.

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Jun-30-13 6:54 AM

Look at california to see where we're headed folks. California enacted a law that by year 2020, 20% of thier electric energy production would come from renewable sources. Because of that, today the state is signing 20 year purchase power contracts(the agreement mr Polkasky says NY ratepayers shouldnt be forced into with the low cost NRG facility) with renewable companies for upwards of $200 per megawatt, just because its renewable. And since green at any cost seems to be the motto thats ok with organizations like the business council and all the other bandwagaon jumpers. To put that in perspective folks, even coal which is expensive by todays market is roughly $50 per megawatt, gas is in the $30-40 range.So its ok for the rate payer to py 4 to 5 times the cost if its renewable. So as you vote in the future, think about your wallet and where NY is headed. Because we all know from history, we in NY tend to mimic the peoples republic of califirnia

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Jun-30-13 6:42 AM

Whats not mentioned in his commentary is why rates are at a 12 year low. Its not because NYS created a competitive environment, its because natural gas drives electricity prices and because our taxpayer dollars subsidize a large share of renewable energy. So I ask, when you roll in the back end costs subsidized by the government, whats the real cost of energy in the northeast? Factually speaking windmills run at about 33-35% capacity, which means 2/3 of the time they sit idle, providing no benefit. If it werent for huge goverment subsidy, its an awful investment for both the corporations erecting and operating them as well as the ratepayer, but because its renewable we're expected to bow down and swallow those costs. Although the fuel is free, maintenance costs are huge with wind. In fact, take away the subsidy and even with free wind, the cost per megawatt with wind is higher than coal, which is priced out of the market in todays cheap gas market.

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