Energy

Power Up Communities is an exciting program of the Long Island Progressive Coalition that delivers the promise of a new green economy for ALL of our communities.  We make good on the promise by weatherizing homes to make them more energy efficient and save homeowners’ money, while helping our environment.  The contractors who do the weatherization work have agreed to hire local workers and pay them a family supporting union wage, thus creating green pathways out of poverty.  This truly powers up the Long Island community!

In Babylon, Power Up Communities takes advantage of the town’s excellent Long Island Green Homes program which has the best financing for weatherization in the country. The town has made weatherization a priority and Power Up Communities adds the good paying jobs and community empowerment to the benefits to the environment and saving homeowners money.

Long Island Energy CrisisA sustainable energy plan for our region.

“What other technology can immediately reduce by 95% the emissions of known hazardous toxins in our air while potentially doubling the energy we produce?”

There is an impending energy crisis on Long Island that we must plan for today. We have to deal with a constant demand for more energy while honoring our responsibility to preserve the environment.

If we continue to build new power plants every time we have energy needs, we will constantly be depleting our precious greenspace in order to make way for more smoke stacks. If we have no solutions short of more fossil fuel burning power plants, Long Island will simply lose its natural environment.

The fact is, our population is growing and as a result we need more energy every year. As more oil and natural gas are burned to provide this added energy to our homes, more pollution is released into our air.

It is well known that automobiles and power plants are the main source of some of the worst pollutants in the air. Greehouse gases like CO2 that cause global warming, harmful toxins like, NOx and deadly small particulate matter can all be found in the smoke coming from our area’s power plants. In fact, Long Island is home to some of the oldest and dirtiest of New York State’s power plants.

So, How do we provide more energy to our growing population while preserving open space and protecting our already compromised air quality?

Long Island Sustainable EnergyThe answer is repowering.

Repowering is a method where older, dirtier power plants are converted to use the most up to date technology. Not only do these plants release less pollutants but they produce more energy. This means we no longer have to waste open space on new power plants. In fact we can have a moratorium on new power plant construction and satisfy our energy needs for years simply by updating our older plants.

What other technology can immediately reduce by 95% the emissions of known toxins in our air while potentially doubling the energy we produce?

Repowering will provide Long Island the added energy to seriously pursue renewable energy like wind and solar so that in the future we can be completely independent from dirty fossil fuels.

Chief Power Plant Pollutants

CO2

• CO2 is a greenhouse gas. These gases add to the threat of global warming

NOx

• NOx: NOx is one of the main ingredients involved in the formation of ground-level ozone, which can trigger serious respiratory problems.

• NOx: reacts to form nitrate particles, acid aerosols, as well as NO2, which also can cause respiratory problems.

• NOx: contributes to formation of acid rain.

• NOx: contributes to nutrient overload that deteriorates water quality.

• NOx: reacts to form toxic chemicals.

• NOx: contributes to global warming.

Fine Particle Pollution:

• Fine particle pollution from U.S. power plants cuts short the lives of over 30,000 people each year.

• In more polluted areas, fine particle pollution can shave several years off its victims’ lives.

• Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from asthma attacks, cardiac problems and upper and lower respiratory problems associated with fine particles from power plants.

• The elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease are most severely impacted by fine particle pollution from power plants.

• Power plants outstrip all other polluters as the largest source of sulfates – the major component of fine particle pollution – in the U.S.

• Approximately two-thirds (over 18,000) of the deaths due to fine particle pollution from power plants could be avoided by implementing policies that cut power plant sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution.

SO2

• SO2 contributes to respiratory illness, particularly in children and the elderly, and aggravates existing heart and lung diseases.

• SO2 contributes to the formation of acid rain, which: damages trees, crops, historic buildings, and monuments; and makes soils, lakes, and streams acidic

• SO2 contributes to the formation of atmospheric particles that cause visibility impairment, most noticeably in national parks.

LIPC is working to push LIPA/National Grid and Keyspan to agree to repower our current power plans. If you’re interested in taking part in this campaign contact Lisa at 516-541-1006 ext.11 or email lisa@lipc.org.