The Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Ed) is the largest energy provider in the United States. The company has several different programs that provide energy. Amongst these programs are: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Con Edison Solutions, and Con Edison Energy. Con Edison provides gas, electric and steam services to New York City residents along with Westchester County residents.
Con Ed has been able to provide natural gas service to eligible buildings who want to switch from No. 6 heating oil to natural gas in New York City. These ongoing projects give property owners the opportunity to save money on their energy bills and use renewable energy. The neighborhoods that they have been able to work in include Inwood, Harlem, and Washington Heights. As one walks through these communities, one can see that Con Edison is hiring contractors to drill the streets open and expand the natural gas pipes in order to bring more gas to these areas.
The station, located along the Hudson River at 134th Street, is being repaired to provide more access to natural gas for taller buildings and industries in Northern Manhattan. The gas meter station is part of the 10,200 mile-long Transco pipeline network which brings natural gas from South Texas to New York City. The station serves as a transmission point where gas is transferred to regional providers such as Con Ed, and has been in place for the past 51 years.
Transco will be doing the structural upgrades to the building while Con Ed will be monitoring it. According to Chris Stockton, a spokesman for Williams, an energy supplier which runs the station, the changes will make the new station state-of-the art, more aesthetically pleasing and less noisy. The project to convert the station started in the spring and should be finished by the winter. It will involve the removal of the entire existing meter station and the construction of a modern facility that will allow the facility to increase the volume of gas to the area. The natural gas is not coming from New York State.
Critics say they’re concerned about the safety of the new station and the fact that it will be monitored remotely, from Texas and Hackensack, NJ. Moreover, a wide variety of people from different fields have brought up the subject of whether or not this new plant will be able to weather another storm like Hurricane Sandy. Obie Bing, a retired engineer from Con Ed’s power generation unit and a member of Community Board 12, Bing says that the new station is an overall plus for Upper Manhattan — however he said that proper monitoring is an important issue.
Moreover there are two species of sturgeon that head up to the Hudson River to fish. There have been concerns as to whether the plant will disrupt the fish’s reproductive patterns. According to dna.info, Stockton said, “the project’s environmental impact statement has been improved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and efforts will be taken to minimize impact on the environment.”
Community residents want Transco to sign a community benefits agreement which states that they will hire local residents and provide internships.
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