On Tuesday, the New York State Energy Planning Board approved the release of the Draft 2014 New York State Energy Plan.  When finally approved, the State Energy Plan will serve as a framework for the state to meet its future energy objectives and to guide State agencies and authorities as they address energy-related issues.


The New York State Energy Planning Board has already begun a process to accept comments from the public.  Additionally, the Board will conduct six statutorily required public hearings throughout the State.  The dates and times of those hearings have not yet been announced.


As we reviewed the document, we noted that the plan calls for expanding the use of natural gas, rather than oil, for heating and power generation, because of the lower emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide.


But the plan is silent on New York’s future in terms of being able to develop our own natural gas resources.


And so we continue to wait…