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WPCNR THE POWER STORY. Statement from Consolidated Edison, with reporting by John F. Bailey . January 16, 2020:
The Public Service Commission approved delivery charge increases submitted by Consolidated Edison today, that will apply beginning , according to this statement from Con Ed:Jan 1 through Jan 31 bills. Con Ed released this statement:
“The three-year investment plan approved today is essential to helping New York State achieve its clean energy goals, as well as to continue providing safe and reliable service to our customers.
In addition to investing about $3 billion each year for electric and gas service reliability, the plan provides major funding for clean energy programs and energy efficiency.
We will be encouraging customers to choose alternatives to fossil fuels with incentives and rebates for geothermal heat pumps, energy efficient appliances and electric vehicle chargers. The plan provides $700 million over the next three years for energy efficiency programs that are some of the most cost-effective ways for customers to reduce bills.
We will also develop a climate change implementation plan to manage climate change risk going forward.”
WPCNR contacted Dan Welsh Program Director of Westchester Power (the WPCNR electricity supplier) to make sense of the nomenclature in the above categories and what they mean in arriving at the new approved delivery charges.
Welsh told WPCNR “The Financing, I believe, refers to the return on equity (ROE). Basically, private investors in Con Ed get a negotiated return on their investment. That’s the nature of things for Investor-Owned Utilities. “(WPCNR notes this appears to mean the financing costs of the infrastructure improvements are deducted from Consolidated Edison’s profit as an expense)
Welsh pointed out “I also read that the anticipated tax savings (from the national tax act) are netted out of the total calculation to the benefit of the (Con Ed) ratepayers by reducing the total requested increase.
It is interesting to note Con Ed is claiming reduced revenues. Welsh comments: “I guess there could have been a net reduction in usage — that was the case when the economy slowed. Maybe one other explanation (for the decreased revenues) might be that “direct costs”, netted out from sales have gone up (if you sell widgets and widget part costs go up, those direct costs, Cost of Sales, could be deducted to get net sales revenue, distinct from operating costs noted separately).”
Welch said “deferred credits and costs is mysterious. Maybe they are trying to recoup costs that were captured in another filing.”
“Depreciation Costs would go up because of investments in depreciable assets made in the previous period. Sounds like something pretty much baked into things already,” Welch observed.
“Income taxes — these are the corporate income taxes. I guess since this is oriented towards the SEC filing and the Return on Equity is post tax, you include the tax impact,”
WPCNR observes how the expenses deducted from the Delivery Charge calculation, save Con Edison on taxes.
The Consolidated Delivery Charge for 2020 will go up $5 a Month for the typical customer, depending on hours used…that is approximately$60 more a month for a an electric residential customer using the Green Energy Rate supplied by Constellation New Energy which averages 550 Kilowatt hours a month.
WPCNR could not find a typical natural gas bill on the Con Ed website past 2016. The Natural gas residentiL customer to figure their new annual delivery charge to add 14.5% to your monthly Delivery charge rate in December to get your average monthly cost of the increase.
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WPCNR PUERTO RICO on the scene REPORT. From the Governor’s Office. January 15, 2020:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the deployment of further assets to Puerto Rico to assist with emergency response efforts following a series of initial damage assessments conducted by the Governor and his delegation.
The Governor will deploy eight additional engineers and utility experts from the New York Power Authority to address power outages caused by the recent earthquakes and work to stabilize the island’s power system to help mitigate the repeated power outages.
The State and the Greater New York Hospital Association have authorized the deployment of bilingual mental health professionals to support people on the island who are suffering from the trauma of the disaster.
The Governor has also authorized the deployment of a team of dozens of inspectors from State Fire and the Department of State to conduct more extensive damage assessments of buildings and basic code compliance inspections of public facilities.
Additionally, the Governor called on the Trump administration to immediately release federal funds to Puerto Rico and declare a Major Disaster Declaration for the damage caused by the earthquakes.
“The people of Puerto Rico have been through hell, and while the federal administration abdicated its responsibility to help American citizens during difficult times, New York is continuing to step up to provide assistance,” Governor Cuomo said.
“After surveying the damage and touring the island, we are more resolved than ever to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. I am authorizing the deployment of more state personnel including building experts, engineers, and mental health professionals to help the island get through this crisis and come out stronger and more resilient than before. I am also demanding the Trump Administration immediately release federal funds that have been held up for two years to Puerto Rico and declare a Major Disaster Declaration for the damage caused by the earthquakes so Puerto Rico residents can rebuild their homes and lives.”
New York Power Authority Deployments
Engineers and utility experts from the New York Power Authority are conducting damage assessments of power plants, substations and hydropower dams following the widespread blackouts caused by a series of devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The additional support announced today – eight engineers and utility experts from NYPA – will integrate with the team of 10 NYPA experts already established on the ground in Puerto Rico. The NYPA experts will address the recent power outages and work to stabilize the island’s power system, restarting power plants not damaged by the recent earthquakes. The NYPA team is also providing guidance to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on its energy management system, which NYPA activated and configured in collaboration with PREPA following Hurricane Maria in 2017.
NYPA is providing PREPA with technical assistance on the issuance of a Request for Proposals for the rental of modular-mobile power plants—which will be used to provide roughly 500 megawatts of additional electric capacity to the power grid—and undertaking system modeling to determine the optimal locations to place the power generation units. In addition, the NYPA team is providing an assessment on the refurbishment of two mothballed steam units in PREPA’s San Juan power plant for temporary use until more electric capacity can be brought online.
Mental Health Support
The New York State Office of Mental Health has authorized the deployment of mental health professionals to support people on the island suffering from the trauma of the disaster, if requested. Additionally, the Greater New York Hospital Association has partnered with 162 hospitals and health networks across the state to recruit and sponsor bilingual mental health professionals to be deployed to Puerto Rico as soon as possible. The Greater New York Hospital Association said they will cover the cost and make sure lodging and transportation needs are paid for.
UNICEF USA and SUNY New Paltz Institute for Disaster Mental Health Director Dr. Amy Nitza will conduct a “Train the Trainer” program in Puerto Rico to help trauma-impacted young people who are suffering from the trauma of the disaster. The training will be for 50 employees from all the Boys and Girls Clubs across the island, and the “train the trainer” model is estimated to reach 16,000 kids. Additionally, at the end of January the Institute for Disaster Mental Health will conduct a two-day training for six University of Puerto Rico students on how to work with trauma-impacted children.
Structural Assessment Team Deployments
The Governor has authorized the deployment of a structural assessment team of dozens from State Fire and the Department of State to Puerto Rico to conduct damage assessments of buildings and basic code compliance inspections of public facilities. Additionally, the Governor authorized the deployment of Division of Building Standards and Codes staff members to conduct rapid safety assessments of buildings. The team will determine if a damaged structure can be occupied and what if any significant code issues may need to be addressed.
WPCNR CAREERIST. From County Legislator Catherine Parker. January 13, 2020:
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GOVERNOR CUOMO PLANS CUT BACK ON MEDICAID COSTS–COUNTIES TARGETED AND MORE
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. Governor Cuomo’s Synopsis of his State of the State Address Wednesday. January 9, 2019:
For generations, New York has embodied the progressive philosophy — not just with rhetoric, but with results. That is New York — we are idealists and we are realists, we are dreamers and we are doers. We have accomplished more together than we could have imagined and now we are called on by circumstance to do even more. Our current challenges are daunting — but nothing New York can’t handle at her best. This year, as part of my annual State of the State agenda, I’m excited to advance a blueprint to continue New York’s legacy as the progressive capital of the nation.
Watch the full speech here. What’s next for New York? My proposals for 2020 include:
- Combatting the scourge of violent hate crimes by passing a domestic terrorism law
- Legalizing the adult use of cannabis
- Protecting our environment by passing a $3 billion ‘Restore Mother Nature’ Bond Act
- Expanding the Excelsior Scholarship, New York’s tuition-free college program, to more families
- Enacting legislation to ensure that all workers have Paid Sick Leave
- Achieving 100% statewide cell phone service
- Protecting gig economy workers
- Closing a dangerous loophole that allows rapists to escape justice
- Legalizing surrogacy so that LGBTQ people and couples struggling with fertility can raise a family
- And much, much more
See the full list of State of the State proposals here. I’m confident that we can achieve all this, and more, while continuing our record of fiscal responsibility and lowering middle-class taxes. Unfortunately, these past few years we have witnessed abhorrent acts of racism, discrimination, and anti-Semitism. Only a couple weeks ago, a rabbi and his congregation celebrating Hanukkah were brutally attacked in Monsey, New York. Racism and discrimination are not new. But lately, they have reared their ugly heads again. If we do not confront hate, and if we do not defeat it, it will defeat us — there is no nation on this globe that can beat this nation, but this nation can defeat itself. New York must be the antidote to this virus. So, as we look to the year ahead, we must remember that there is so much more that unites us than divides us, and we must reaffirm that diversity is our greatest strength, not a weakness. Our nation’s motto is E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. As long as that philosophy guides us, as long as it prevails over the forces of hate, our state and our country will prosper and we will keep on leading the way forward.
Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
WPCNR MAIN LINE. From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. January 8, 2020:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled final design renderings Monday for the new main entrance to Penn Station.
The new entrance will be located at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, providing much needed direct access to the Long Island Rail Road Main Concourse and the New York City Subway.
The project, which will begin construction in June, will eliminate congestion by doubling customer access and egress capacity to the LIRR level when it is completed in 2020, enhancing safety and security for passengers.
The Governor also announced that the overall Penn Station redevelopment master plan – which includes the creation of the Moynihan Train Hall – continues to move forward, which will fully transform Penn Station into a modern, world-class transportation hub.
“Penn Station was one of the great railroad stations of the world, but now it’s not fit for the greatest city in the nation,” Governor Cuomo said.
“That’s why we are creating a world class train hall at Moynihan and today we are announcing a new East End Gateway to bring more access, safety and light. Passengers will be able to come in that entrance and avoid the front of Penn Station, there will be less traffic and you’ll have access to the subway and the LIRR. It will be a gateway to a world class facility. This is not a proposal – we are getting to work now.”
The entrance will be the main entry point for passengers and is scheduled to open in December 2020.
Passenger traffic has more than tripled since the current Penn Station was built, increasing from 200,000 to 650,000 passengers daily.
Currently 250,000 people take the LIRR every day, along with 235,000 daily customers who use New Jersey Transit.
In addition, 115,000 people use the station each day solely to enter or leave the A/C/E and 1/2/3 subways or to patronize the on-site retail.
GOVERNOR CUOMO TALKS IN THE FOLLOWING NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE DETAILS OF THE NEW PENN STATION, 28 MINUTES:
Presently, the Penn Station entrance on 34th Street is the only direct way to enter the LIRR level, and the concourse and its existing egress facilities are highly congested, with congestion certain to increase in the future. By creating the new entrance at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, the project will relieve this potential congestion and the serious safety concerns it creates.
In doing so, the new entrance helps prepare the transit system for the implementation of Central Business District tolling, which will increase ridership as it reduces congestion in Manhattan and provides critical funding for further improvements.
The new entrance will connect passengers directly to the LIRR Main Concourse from 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, and will include three escalators, a stairway and an elevator. The project will widen the LIRR 33rd Street Concourse from its current 30 feet to 57 feet to allow easier access to trains and reduce potentially dangerous crowding.
The design will also increase the ceiling height to 18 feet across the entire concourse, eliminating the 7 and 8-foot high areas that have, for decades, made the station experience feel cramped and less spacious. Lighting will be improved and more intuitive wayfinding will be provided to passengers. LIRR customers will also have new direct sight lines to track level and there will be additional retail and dining options in the concourse as well.
The project is estimated to cost approximately $600 million, with $170 million of the total being allocated from the current 2015-19 MTA capital program. The remaining funds are being allocated by the State of New York.
Today’s announcement is part of Governor Cuomo’s overall Penn Station redevelopment master plan, which is moving forward and includes additional work to redevelop the remaining areas of Penn Station , as well as completely transforming the old Farley Post Office building into the new Moynihan Train Hall.
As part of the master plan and in collaboration with the MTA, beginning this summer, a functional and operational assessment will take place to develop additional plans to reconfigure the station. This assessment will then be complemented with extensive community engagement to refine the plans.
Five decades after the loss of the original and iconic Pennsylvania Station, the Moynihan Train Hall will once again provide New Yorkers a grand entrance in a McKim, Mead and White architectural marvel. The train hall is also set to open in December of 2020 and will bear the name of one of its great champions – the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.