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Letter: ‘No Yorkers’ should support clean energy

A photo taken on August 9, 2013 shows

A photo taken on August 9, 2013 shows sun rays over a wind and a solar hybrid parc on the Pellworm island, northern Germany. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images / Frank Zeller

The release of the New York State blueprint for offshore wind power is an important step to establishing additional clean energy sources to the grid [“Cuomo starts master plan for wind power,” News, Sept. 16]. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority should be commended for its close attention to this issue. However, it’s extremely difficult for any new power generation to be built because of vigorous, not-in-my-backyard protests from those I call “No Yorkers.”

If New York is to accomplish its ambitious clean-energy goals, No Yorkers need to stop opposing renewable energy projects. Offshore wind power will generate clean energy for the grid while providing jobs and lower electricity costs. That is, unless No Yorkers get in the way.

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, Manhattan

Editor’s note: The writer chairs the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, an advocacy organization that includes power producers.