Increase New York’s Access to Natural Gas
In a recent Op-Ed in the Times Union, Heather Briccetti – President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Inc. – detailed two pressing issues facing New York State: the need for quality, well-paying jobs and access to affordable and reliable energy. New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition of labor, business and community leaders, is off to an impressive start on both of these issues. Road to Repair is excited to join the coalition’s efforts in their fight to expand natural gas access and to use it as a driver for bringing new businesses and jobs to the Empire State.
As demand for natural gas across the state continues to increase, it is imperative for businesses to shift towards clean, affordable natural gas. This is an anticipated move for a majority of our country as the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the demand for natural gas will increase 40 percent nationally over the next 10 years, double the growth from the past 10 years.
However, despite this anticipated increased demand, New York continues to back away from investing in natural gas infrastructure projects. If special interests continue to stall much-needed energy infrastructure projects, over the next four years the state will lose 17,400 jobs and $1.6 billion, according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce detailing the current state of New York’s economy.
Increased energy infrastructure investment by the state is a solution that can solve two problems at once: create more jobs that help boost economic activity throughout the region while increasing the state’s depleted energy reserves.
Road to Repair is dedicated to building a better tristate region through infrastructure investments, and that’s why we proudly and fully support New Yorkers for Affordable Energy’s efforts to increase the state’s access to natural gas.