New York’s Cleanest Air In 50 Years Preventing 800 Premature Deaths

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its August decision allowing the state’s power grid operator, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), to create a new capacity zone in the Lower Hudson Valley that includes New York City. The NYISO has said it designed the new capacity zone to maintain system reliability and attract investments in new and existing generation and demand response resources. In basic terms, capacity markets pay generators to help keep existing power plants in service and build new units in order to maintain system reliability. Demand response providers who agree to reduce power usage when needed can also participate in capacity markets. The new zone will include the current NYISO zones G, H and I in the Lower Hudson Valley and zone J in New York City. The PSC and NYPA said the state is already working on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so-called Energy Highway initiative to expand the state’s transmission resources to bring more power from upstate New York to the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City area. The PSC and NYPA said the Energy Highway could negate the need for FERC to offer financial incentives to build more power plants downstate. “We strongly urged FERC to reconsider its decision to create a new capacity zone in New York, which it says is needed to build more power plants downstate to alleviate demand for electricity,” PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman said in the release. “We are well aware of the downstate demand for electricity…However, in its decision, FERC did not take into consideration the ongoing initiatives included in the Governor’s Energy Highway,” Zibelman said. The biggest power companies in New York include units of Consolidated Edison Inc, National Grid Plc, Iberdrola SA, Entergy Corp, TransCanada Corp and NRG Energy Inc. COSTS TO RISE The PSC said if FERC’s plan goes into effect, typical residential customers in the Lower Hudson Valley could see monthly bill increases ranging from 5 percent to almost 10 percent, depending on the utility. The increases for industrial and commercial customers could be even higher, the PSC said. “Creation of a permanent new capacity zone undermines the Governor’s Energy Highway initiatives,” Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive, said in the release. “The Energy Highway pursues a long-term solution to deliver lower-cost, upstate power to the downstate area by reinforcing the transmission system, Quiniones said, noting the new capacity zone will “take money out of the pockets of ratepayers and result in a windfall of profits for existing power plant owners in the region.” The NYISO plans to implement the new zone by May 1, 2014. The PSC is asking FERC to delay implementing its decision until 2017 and consider how the Energy Highway proposals will affect long-term power prices.

Obama-Rouhani Chat Covers Nuclear Talks, New York Traffic

28, 2013 at 2:01 AM NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) — New York City’s cleanest air in 50 years is preventing nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits annually, the mayor says. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said New York City’s air quality has reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years, with dramatic reductions in pollutants in the air. Since 2008, the levels of sulfur dioxide in the air dropped by 69 percent and since 2007 the level of soot pollution dropped by 23 percent. Since the beginning of the administration’s comprehensive, long-term sustainability blueprint — PlaNYC — the city’s the most heavily polluting heating oils in New York City were phased out. “As Mayor Bloomberg often says, ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’ and that’s why five years ago we set up a ground level monitoring system that found heavy heating oil was one of the most serious sources of local air pollution,” said Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway. “This enabled us to craft regulations to phase out heavy oil with broad stakeholder support and to develop a data-driven, innovative program to assist building owners in converting to cleaner fuels, leading to the dramatic improvement in air quality that we see today.” The cleaner air is preventing hundreds of deaths thousands of hospital emergency room visits and hospitalizations from lung and cardiovascular diseases annually, compared to 2008, the health department said. “Air pollution poses a major threat to the health of all New Yorkers, but especially young children, seniors and those with chronic heart and lung disease,” said Dr. Thomas Farley , New York City health commissioner. “Switching to cleaner heating fuels is contributing to dramatic improvements in the air quality of New York City and will help all of us stay healthier.”

Israeli Skepticism The leaders spoke days before a Sept. 30 meeting at the White House between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , who has expressed deep skepticism about the motives behind Rouhanis outreach and suggested Iran is trying to buy time to develop the capability to make a nuclear weapon. U.S. officials spoke with Israelis to inform them of the call, according to the Obama administration official. The Iranian president shared details of the call with the world over his English-language Twitter feed. He said that Obama had expressed his hope for progress on nuclear talks as well as respect for you and ppl of #Iran, and apologized for New York Citys traffic. It wasnt immediately clear what prompted Rouhanis change in strategy, though the U.S. official who described the call said it may have been the positive tenor of renewed talks about Irans nuclear program in New York the day before. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from five other world powers met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who proposed a goal of reaching an accord within a year. Iranian Contact After saying that a meeting between Obama and Rouhani on Sept. 24 in New York would be too complicated, Iranian officials contacted their U.S.

New York Giants Burned by an Old Super Bowl Friend

And the Giants knew they could do the same — and they did — in Green Bay, during the 2011 playoffs, en route to their Super Bowl XLVI win, once again, over the Patriots. In that Super Bowl, Blackburn’s interception of Tom Brady might have very well saved New York’s championship. Momentum was already on the Patriots’ side, with New England having rallied from a 9-0 deficit to lead 17-9 , and then 17-15. What seemed certain to be a big completion from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski deep in the Giants’ end — which could have easily led to a 24-15 New England lead early in the fourth quarter — was rather shockingly thwarted by Blackburn, who raced back and made an acrobatic leaping pick to account for the game’s only turnover. The entire feel of the Super Bowl shifted from that moment, and the Giants went on to win, 21-17. After Blackburn’s Finest Season, Finances Lead to His New York Exit One year later, Blackburn started at middle linebacker for New York and turned in his best season, with 98 tackles (64 solo) and three sacks, but he became a salary cap casualty in the offseason, and the Carolina Panthers scooped him up with a new two-year deal. Using His Giants Knowledge Against His Old Team So, that brings us to last weekend, as the Giants were expected to shake off a tough 0-2 start and right their season toward competing for yet another Super Bowl title at the expense of Blackburn’s new team, which began with the same disappointing record. Perhaps New York’s coaching staff was a little too overconfident that they could try the same old things that Blackburn practiced against for several years. A slim one-point favorite at home, the Panthers humiliated the Giants, 38-0, while sacking two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning seven times, including a New York team-record six times in the opening half. Why, at least in part, was it so easy for Carolina? After the game, Blackburn (who made his first start as a Panther, while calling the defensive signals against his old team) admitted, ” I had an idea of what they run and what they like to do in situations. We had a great game plan going in. I’ve been sharing all the information all week.