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Legislature Opposes CNG/LNG as Potential Option Under NYSEG “Non-Pipe Alternative” RFP

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Legislature Opposes CNG/LNG as Potential Option Under NYSEG “Non-Pipe Alternative” RFP

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Legislature expressed its opposition to the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in response to the New York State Electric and Gas “non-pipe alternative” Request for Proposals to address natural gas demand in the Lansing area. The vote was 12-1, with Legislator Mike Sigler voting no. The NYSEG RFP, issued last December, included the introduction of CNG or LNG as one potential option, but that potential resource would be considered “to the extent allowed and supported by the community.” The resolution indicates that such injection would result in expanded use of natural gas, which is counter to the County’s goal to decrease natural gas use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that CNG/LNG transportation introduces significant safety risks and adds wear and tear to our roads. “We are voting to oppose an alternative for Nat Gas that hasn’t been proposed yet,” Legislator Sigler said. “Every year, natural gas use is going up in Tompkins County…I suggest we look at our own doorsteps.”