Lawmakers urge conversion of State Capitol to all-renewable energy – WXXI News

by | Apr 18, 2022 | Energy

Some New York state lawmakers who represent the districts around the State Capitol said Monday that the multi-building complex should set an example for the rest of the state and switch to all-renewable energy to power lights and heating.The state Capitol and surrounding buildings, including a 44-story office tower, are predominately powered by a plant with a checkered history.Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, who represents Albany in the chamber, supports a bill that would require the complex — where over 12,000 people worked before the COVID-19 pandemic — to be powered by wind, solar or geothermal power.“If we don’t show by example, it’s very hard for us to expect more from others in the private sector,” Fahy said.Fahy said it’s also a matter of environmental justice, and the move could “right the wrongs” of the past.The plant — known as the ANSWERS plant, which stands for Albany New York Solid Waste Energy Recovery System — stands just blocks from the State Capitol in one of Albany’s poorest neighborhoods.Originally a coal-burning, then an oil-burning plant, it was fueled by garbage incineration in the 1980s and 1990s. Nearby residents reported increased incidents of diseases like asthma and cancer. Frequent ash emissions once blackened the snow at the nearby governor’s mansion.In 2017 …

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