Gotham Gazette Op-Ed: Peaker Plant Emissions Harm Communities of Color

June 18, 2020

Climate and Energy Justice, Coronavirus, Environmental Justice, Media Coverage, News, PEAK Coalition

Environmental Justice Program Director Rachel Spector, along with Elizabeth Yeampierre of UPROSE and Dariella Rodriguez of THE POINT CDC, published an op-ed in Gotham Gazette highlighting the impact of pollution from New York City’s fossil fuel peaker plants on communities of color. Peaker plants are small, inefficient and dirty power plants that fire up when there is high electricity demand, such as on hot days when people across the city turn up the air conditioning. Emissions of harmful air pollutants from these plants affect local communities like the South Bronx and Sunset Park that are already suffering from high concentrations of diesel truck traffic and other polluting facilities – and are also among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and unemployment. NYLPI and its partner organizations in the PEAK Coalition published a report last month calling for a transition to a clean, renewable energy and energy storage system to meet the city’s electricity reliability needs.

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