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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

We discuss two related energy topics the Governor is pursuing – the closure of Indian Point and the development of an energy highway from Canada.

Last week Senate Energy Committee Chairman George Maziarz told us he does not support a pipeline carrying power from Canada to downstate; he would rather see any energy transported from point A to point B (NYC & surrounding counties) to be generated by New York State. Today we take the pulse of the Assembly Energy Committee Chairman Kevin Cahill on the issue.

Transmission Developers is the company behind the Champlain Hudson Power Express, a 2 billion dollar project that will bring up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of clean wind and hydro power to the New York metro area. The pipeline if built would largely be underground, running from Ontario, under Lake Champlain, and along the Hudson River.Transmission Developers VP Bill Helmer will be here with reaction to Senator Maziarz negative feelings about his project, as well as some thoughts on why this plan is the one NY should bank on for its future energy needs.

Speaking of energy needs, if the Governor succeeds in shutting down the Indian Point nuclear complex in the Hudson Valley -- which the City of New York depends upon for over 30 percent of its power -- he’s going to have to replace it with something. Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi will share why he thinks any replacement – even hydro from Canada – will be too costly.

And finally, one of the big unions involved in this debate weighs in. Phil Wilcox of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) shares his thoughts.

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