It’s been nearly two years since Omega, along with the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition, began speaking out to create a better energy future for New York State. But there is still work to be done.
On December 17th, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) is expected to make its final decision on whether or not to approve an unnecessary new power line expansion project that would cut through the heart of the Hudson Valley.
If this project is approved new, taller, overhead electric transmission lines will be built through 25 communities in seven counties—including potentially bordering Omega's campus.
Please help us by contacting Governor Andrew Cuomo and letting him know there is no need for this project. See a summary of talking points here.
You can call the Governor’s office at (518) 474-8390 or contact them via email at www.governor.ny.gov/contact. You can also call the Public Service Commission hotline at (800) 335-2120, as well as contact the PSC.
The most recent review of the state’s electricity needs now and over the coming decades shows that New York already has more than enough transmission capacity, with 90 percent of the project’s projected $1.2 billion cost being borne by tax payers.
Not only does this project directly threaten the Omega Institute campus, as the proposed route runs directly behind our property, it threatens the environmental and economic future of the entire region.
Instead of out-dated, massive long-distance power lines, what the region needs is a 21st century energy grid, based on clean, renewable energy, generated as closely as possible to where it is used.
To learn more, join us on December 13th from 10:00-11:00 a.m., at Upstate Films in downtown Rhinebeck, New York, for a series of short films including High Voltage, Dark Shadow, which portrays the threats the Hudson River faces from this transmission project, as well as from toxic PCBs, and from oil transportation by so-called "bomb trains.” The short film series will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, Dr. Gidon Eshel from Bard College, Ned Sullivan and Hayley Carlock from Scenic Hudson, and Greg Quinn from Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition.
Can’t make it on December 13th? View and share the short film today. And don’t forget to call the Governor’s office by December 17th.
Robert "Skip" Backus
Chief Executive Officer