NYLON – The New York Public Service Commission (PSC), is coming to Rochester, as well as New York City, Kingston, Binghamton, and Albany, to formally present Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a vision for the future of the power grid, including the overhaul and reform in New York State.
According to the PSC, which regulates utility companies in New York, REV seeks a speedy transition to energy efficiency and renewable fuels by overhauling current regulations that govern utility companies and designing new energy markets. The PSC says that REV will give consumers more control over their energy use and engage them as energy producers.
“‘The Grid’ is built to cover ‘Peak times,’ the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter when the demand for power spikes as people try to control temperatures in their living space,” said Mary Ann Thompson, an outspoken supporter of REV. “This only happens occasionally, but the cost of updating the grid to meet those ‘peak demand times’ will be in the billions, states PSC. So, I urge you to become informed and understand what is at stake. This does affect everyone and our futures.”
PSC will be in the City Council Chambers in the Rochester City Hall, Room 302A, 30 Church Street, on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
REV also seeks ways to avoid costs of maintaining the current energy infrastructure.
Thompson expressed confidence in the REV movement despite that it was initiated by the PSC, Don’t get me wrong, this is a good thing. REV will shake up the status quo.
“I’ve recently learned that as consumers or ‘ratepayers,’ we need to be more knowledgeable of our footprint, pocketbook and our future,” added Thomson. “Clearly we need to work with the existing power companies as they have the knowledge of the current systems. We need the opportunity to have residents and individual communities involved in a clean energy future.”
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