Letter: Don't delay plan for energy future

Long Island can produce or secure enough renewable Long Island can produce or secure enough renewable energy -- solar, wind, hydropower -- to satisfy the needs of every household in the LIPA territory by 2020, and derive sufficient green energy for nearly all power needs by 2030, according to a new study. These solar cell panels are the roof of a home in Montauk. Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach, 2010

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It was exciting to see the articles concerning the Long Island Power Authority and the future of energy policy on Long Island ["Green energy potential," News, Sept. 4].

Even with some of the highest rates in the country, Long Islanders have often take electricity for granted and have stopped nearly every major energy project from Shoreham to offshore wind. This has caused major issues in developing long-term plans to keep costs down while protecting our environment.

Another recent article, "Cuomo's stand on LIPA expected to delay vote" [News, Sept. 5], is yet another example of complete obstruction on the part of various community and local groups. I personally disagree with many of the plans for fossil-fuel plants, but they should go through the process regardless of the future of LIPA. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to overhaul the authority is just that -- a proposal. It will have to wend its way through the political and legislative processes, which could take years if it happens at all.

In the meantime, Long Island is relying on aging and polluting power generation and not making the investments needed to sustain growth. Current LIPA proposals should be considered on their merits, and actions should be taken to ensure that, regardless of what happens to LIPA, projects continue.

David Alicea, Medford

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