By TODD TRANUM The possible closing of production facilities like NRG Dunkirk means that New York will become an energy importer....
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We're already a power imported. At 10:23 am today, a low usage Sunday we're importing 1422 megawatts from the Hydro Quebec interconnection, 339 Megawatts from the PA,Jersey, Maryland Interconnection and 725 Megawatts from the Ontario Hydro Interconnection. Deregulation didn't help the consumer or spawn competition. Instead it hampered the ability to fund new generation growth, increased the dependence of foreign and out of state electricity and increased consumer prices for delivery because more power now comes from further away. The ONLY NYS party to benefit from deregulation is National Grid, which is why they were the ones who actually proposed and spearheaded the move to deregulation in 1994 when they were still NIMO. They knew they's be the benefactor of a financial windfall by divesting costly power plants and doing virtually nothing(moving electricity thru wires) for a expensive fee.
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The entire country is an importer. when was the last time you went shopping and found something made in America? Can't remember can you. We as a country have been dependent upon imports for decades. Why? Cheap knock offs from China, Malaysia, Bangladesh. We even import the steel use in bridges from China. Why is that? Cheaper prices and lower standards? Until this country wakes up and gears up to start producing our own products we will be at the mercy of these countries if they decide to stop all imports. Can't happen you say? Watch and see.
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