NEW YORK CITY— A month after the first wave of blackouts crippled the city’s electric grid, the city is finally starting to see its own electricity supply crisis.
A report from the city has found that only about a quarter of the city currently has the resources to keep up with demand.
The report, released today by the city Department of Sanitation, estimates that the city would need $2.5 billion in repairs to keep electricity flowing on an average day.
The data is part of a larger study by the nonprofit advocacy group New York Public Interest Research Group, which found that the state’s population and job growth are outpacing the state government’s ability to provide sufficient power.
The city’s power outage last week was a direct result of a power failure, which left many New Yorkers without electricity for several hours.
But the lack of reliable electricity means the city will likely have to ration its power supply by the end of the year.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, who is running for reelection, said he expects to see more grid outages in the future.
“If the city of New York cannot provide the reliability that we’ve seen for the last three weeks, we will see the number of outages increase, the number and type of days where we will have to cut back on electricity,” Cuomo said during a press conference earlier this month.
“The people of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states will see that.
It is a problem that needs to be fixed, not just in New York, but all across the country.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses a news conference at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, New York August 15, 2017.
A week after the blackout, the governor announced plans to provide $1 billion in grants to help build the nation’s first permanent power-purchase agreement, or PPA, for municipal electric systems.
Cuomo has also said he wants to expand the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower, as well as expand renewable portfolio standards, or RPS.
He also has pledged to invest $1.6 billion in the electric grid.
“We are going to invest billions of dollars in the next decade to get our power grid up and running, to improve our reliability, to make sure that it can handle the next wave of demand,” Cuomo told a press briefing on August 19.
“This is going to be a real challenge, but I am confident that we will get this done.”
Cuomo said that he expects the city to get the funds in 2018, but the timing of those funds will depend on how long it takes for the city and the state to complete the project.
“I believe that if we are to have a viable grid, we’re going to have to do this sooner rather than later,” Cuomo added.
“But we’re not going to wait.
We have to get this right now.”
New Yorkers have been waiting for nearly three years to see their power restored.
Cuomo and his administration have been struggling to get enough funds from the federal government to cover the costs of the project, which will cost $5.6 million per megawatt hour of electricity generated.
New Yorkers will have a chance to voice their frustrations with the federal administration’s slow response when Cuomo and Democratic Gov.
Ralph Northam (VA) meet with state lawmakers on September 17 to discuss a proposed extension of the state PPA.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has already indicated that he will not support the extension.