When the lights went out last week in Westchester during the heat wave, we got a glimpse of what life might be like if Indian Point Energy Center is not re-licensed. Power usage in the Con Edison service area reached an all-time high of 13,214 megawatts (MW), breaking a previous record of 13,189 MW set only last year. Indian Point generates 1,000 MW.
Westchester's aging infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and repaired, but local and county governments don't have sufficient funds to pay for it. “There may be legal debt limits, too many jurisdictions, lack of political will, “and in New York State, the Wicks Law...
“What attracts people to spaces are other people,” noted Ethan Kent, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, and a panelist at “Rethinking Westchester: A Blueprint for Smart Growth,” a game-changing conference on June 21, organized by the WCA's BLUEPRINT for Westchester. “The way we look at streets and public spaces should be as an economic development opportunity...”
According to Christopher Fisher, president of the New York Wireless Association, Westchester is going to have to rev up its wireless capacity to support the needs of businesses and consumers within five years if it hopes to remain competitive.