The power of the community
21st April 2011 20:58 GMT

It is great news that a deal that will allow cruise ships visiting the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook to plug into shore power is done .

The deal between the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the New York Power Authority creates a rate of supply for the electricity that the ships will use for their onboard power while in port, instead of idling their extra-dirty diesel engines, as they currently do.

This electricity rate will be set for 5 years, and, presumably, by that time, the slow moving Public Service Commission will have created a permanent power rate for the ships and this pollution mitigating practice can continue.

The deal for the rate of electricity supply was the missing piece in the multi-part plan to make the use of shore power in Brooklyn a reality.

The Port Authority, aided by an EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grant, had committed funds for the building of the appropriate infrastructure, the cruise operators, Carnival, had committed to retrofitting their ships to accept shore-power, and basically everyone else was on board.

The sticking point was the rate of electricity supply to the ships, and a case in the Public Service Commission requesting the creation of a permanent "shore power tariff" had been stuck in some sort of limbo for over two years. So, even though the PSC case is still not resolved, this 5 year deal allows for the shore power plan to finally, and thankfully, move forward.

The announcement this month was the result of the work of many, including the previously mentioned NYCEDC, the Port Authority, Carnival, the EPA, the NY Power Authority, the Mayor and City of New York and many of our representatives in government.

But it should be remembered that it was the community that forced this issue into the public realm and onto the politicians' agenda.

It was our residents who pushed for this improvement to their quality of life.

There was a lot of good will shown in this month's announcement, and a lot of people were speaking and writing passionately about the benefits this plan will bring to our neighbourhood and beyond, and much congratulation was given to these different agencies for the the great work they have done in making this happen.

The Mayor, the representatives, agencies and other parties involved should be congratulated on their efforts in getting this done. Everyone should be feeling good about this.

But, something tells me that if we hadn't kicked up a fuss, none of this would have happened.


Adam Armstrong,
21st April 2011 20:58 GMT

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Caroline Clarke
31st May 2011
Salutations Adam,

I was reminded recently that making a grange takes longer than other wines, and, the rewards most enjoyable. Congratulations, the result stands as testament a success story in seeking to adopt measures to reduce GHG emissions.

Kind regards
Caroline

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