As some people predicted, Marcy-South is now being touted as a less costly, less impactive alternative to the original power line route proposed by NYRI.
A couple other related stories this week:
NYers get $hocked -- a story about NYC ConEd's bills being 63% higher than Upstate's . . .
and Once a Defender of Indian Point, the State Pushes to Close It.
So let's see what this adds up to . . . Downstaters don't want the risk of Nuclear power in their back yard and have already prevented one new nuke plant from opening. (They also want to close coal burning plants and also don't want a liquified natural gas terminal). They pay higher costs than Upstaters (and apparently don't see a connection between higher costs and fewer plants). Now they want to close the one major Downstate nuke plant left ... which will create a power shortage. Will their power costs go up or down?
What is the solution? . . . Why, stick all the impacts of power generation and transmission Upstate, of course. "No one" lives there. . . . at least that is what they seem to be saying.
What does Upstate get out of this? Nada . . .Actually less than Nada because our power costs, which are already much higher than our competitors for jobs such as Ohio or PA (in spite of Upstate's abundance of hydropower facilities), will go even higher. The fact that our current power costs are so high (even with hydropower) is likely the result of policies controlled by . . . Downstaters.
At some point, Upstaters are going to react to Downstaters constantly shoving these things down our throats . . . and it won't be pretty.