The state of New York recently released its draft 2014 energy plan, which calls for the increased use of natural gas despite an almost six year moratorium on shale gas development within the state. According to the plan: “The Department of Public Service is to encourage and support oil-to gas- conversions by collaborating with other state agencies and regulated gas utilities to accelerate investments in natural gas distribution.”
The graph shows New York’s forecast for natural gas use for the next 20 years, increasing year over year. In fact, according to the energy plan, the demand for natural gas in electricity generation is expected to grow from 7.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), a 24 percent share in 2011, to nine Tcf (27 percent share) in 2035.
The state’s energy plan also explicitly recognizes the benefits of using more natural gas:
“Since natural gas is cleaner than other fossil fuels used for home heating, and under current market conditions costs a third as much, and since New York is well-located geographically to take advantage of existing and newly developed lower cost natural gas supplies located outside the State.”
Given all the benefits we’ve seen from shale development and increased use of natural gas, both economic and environmental, one would think environmentalists would be happy about the readily available natural gas being produced by their neighbors to the south in Pennsylvania. Instead, the energy plan was criticized by activists for its reliance on natural gas, which they claim will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
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