Magazine article Insight on the News

New York State Has Power, but the City Is at Risk

Magazine article Insight on the News

New York State Has Power, but the City Is at Risk

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There is speculation that New York state may be next on the list for power shortages akin to those plaguing California. Not likely, according to a longtime senior energy-company executive who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Privately, we're not anticipating major problems in the state for the short term. In the long run, if the resistance to new nuclear plants continues, we could have problems." The official pointed to nearby Canada's huge hydroelectric resources as a backup for the state. As an aside, he praised the Canadian approach to electric power, which he termed far more functional on many levels than that of the United States.

Of course, says the left, Canada's power strictly is government-controlled, whereas the United States is experimenting with deregulation. The official says this country's efforts at both regulation and deregulation have been legislative and bureaucratic botches. He praised the professionalism of his Canadian colleagues who put production ahead of ecological fantasy.

What about New York City? "That's another story. The problem there is infrastructure, not supply. There's no way to meet peak demand, but that's due to the delivery system," according to our informant.

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