Our Power - Clean Energy and Self-Reliance on the South Fork of Long Island
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This petition asks LIPA PSEG NOT to bring more power lines to the South Fork as they now plan to do
New power lines would be terrible for the South Fork in the following ways:
· They would bring more dirty fossil fuel power from up-island power plants to our towns in contradiction to East Hampton’s, Southampton’s and NY States renewable energy goals;
· They will put us in danger by making us more dependent on power lines that can fail during storms or cyber-attacks – potentially leaving our community without power for a very long time;
· They would take more of our money out of the community – instead of investing money in local energy generating assets like solar and energy storage where we would pay ourselves for our energy needs
The petition requests that non-power line alternatives - i.e. local renewable Distributed Energy Resources, or 'microgrids' - be established on the South Fork to meet our energy needs and provide self-reliant critical services energy infrastructure on the South Fork.
· Energy storage, solar power and smart energy management software has been demonstrated to serve as alternatives to new power lines in Oakland CA.*
· Self-reliant microgrids at Princeton University* and New York University* remained functional during super storm Sandy proving that such systems can remain operational and support vital critical services during emergencies.
LIPA PSEG has sited 5.2 megawatts of battery storage in a flood plain in Montauk that is not connected to any power source or any critical services facility that could use the stored energy in an emergency.
If those storage systems were moved less than a mile to the east and connected to the Montauk Fire Station and combined with Solar PV Montauk would have a very robust critical services microgrid that would be a lifeline in a grid failure during emergencies.
We urgently request that LIPA PSEG install energy systems on the South Fork that:
· Are consistent with East Hampton, Southampton and NY States renewable energy goals
· That provide energy self-reliance for critical infrastructure on the South Fork
· That place energy assets in the community so the money South Fork residents spend on their energy stays in the community to the greatest extent possible
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