Everyone is holding their breath for the release of the action plan resulting from the Governor’s Energy Highway initiative. The report was originally due for its reveal by the end of the summer but now suspiciously appears to be languishing in the political ether.
Inside information indicates the action plan is completed and contains cost benefit analyses for the projects submitted as part of the RFI issued by the Governor’s Energy Highway Task Force. It apparently now sits in Cuomo’s office awaiting some strategic political opportunity for release.
In the meantime everyone at LIPA is sitting on pins and needles. With negotiations going on with National Grid to extend the PSA and anxious developers clamoring for decisions on their projects as part of LIPA’s 2500 MW solicitation, much hinges on what the Energy Highway action plan dictates.
Further complicating matters for LIPA, Governor Cuomo is still to announce what specific structural changes he plans to make at the authority. In addition there is a transition underway to PSEG as a replacement for National Grid.
In any case, many important decisions are on the table that needed to be made yesterday. The sooner the Governor lights the fuse to get things going the better. Access to cheaper and reliable electric energy is something that just can’t be put on hold.