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Letter: PSEG must commit to wind and solar

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo removes a LIPA sign

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo removes a LIPA sign from a truck and replaces it with a PSEG sign after affixing his signature to the LIPA reform bill he created which abolishes LIPA on July 29, 2013. Credit: Steve Pfost

At the March 3 state energy plan hearing at Farmingdale State College, essentially everyone who testified was in favor of more renewable and pollution-free electrical energy for Long Island ["Energy plan criticized at hearing," News, March 4].

Many of us lived through the devastation of superstorm Sandy, and we realize that we must act quickly and aggressively to transition from climate-disrupting fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas to energy from the sun and the wind.

What did not come out at the hearing was the fact that the Long Island Power Authority, despite its visible efforts to add solar power, has been lagging far behind in meeting the state's goals. The question, now that PSEG Long Island is in charge, is whether that firm will do a better job.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo must make New York's transition to renewable energy a high priority. We know that PSEG's parent company has delivered on renewable energy elsewhere, and we expect the company to make it a priority here.

We would like PSEG Long Island to publicly commit to addressing the cause of the next few decades of severe storms: namely, climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.

Peter Gollon, Huntington

Editor's note: The writer is the energy chairman of the Long Island Sierra Club.