At PSC hearing outlining New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision," speakers, including CLP's director, Jennifer Metzger, urged the PSC to focus efforts on renewable sources.
Jennifer Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman and co-founder of the group Citizens for Local Power, said developing aggressive renewable energy goals will help reduce demand by developers for projects such as the Pilgrim Pipeline, which is proposed to carry crude oil and refined fuel products between Albany and Linden, N.J.
“It’s not just about climate,” Metzger said. “It’s also about the impact of fossil fuel infrastructure on our communities. ... The town of Rosendale is fighting a project to build pipelines carrying fracked and volatile Bakken crude oil through our lands and water. We and other communities along the [Pilgrim] path will bear the risk for a project that directly contradicts New York’s climate and energy goals.”