Queens Deserves Better Than a New Peaker Plant

March 31, 2021

Climate and Energy Justice, Environmental Justice, News, PEAK Coalition

In a new op-ed, Senator Jessica Ramos, Jose Miranda, Jr. of Chhaya CDC, and Director of Policy Justin Wood of NYLPI lay out the problems with a new, natural gas peaker plant project proposed by the giant NRG corporation for Western Queens.

NYLPI, through the PEAK Coalition, is working with state legislators and the NY Power Authority to enact a plan to retire all fossil fuel-burning peaker plants and to replace them with affordable and reliable renewable energy and battery storage solutions by 2030.

Sen. Ramos is also sponsoring legislation requiring enhanced community engagement and input on proposed power projects proposed affecting environmental justice communities, including those surrounding the Astoria NRG plant.

You can read our piece in the Queens Daily Eagle.

Queens Daily Eagle: Queens deserves better than a new peaker plant

By Jessica Ramos, Jose Miranda, Jr. and Justin Wood
March 29, 2021

Our city already has dozens of these gas and oil-burning power plants sited near low-income communities and communities of color. For decades communities like Western Queens have suffered from the worst air quality and the highest rates of respiratory disease linked to pollution, which raised the risk for serious disease and death when COVID-19 hit.

Queens deserves better than another pollution-belching peaker plant. Climate change and related public health crises are causing misery in our communities right here and now. We will continue to stand with our communities and colleagues to ensure our demands for environmental justice are heard.

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