Hydropower is much cheaper than other forms of electricity. It’s mostly set aside for economic development. Businesses vie mightily for it. A Buffalo News study five years ago showed it saved New York businesses more than $180 million a year.
At dinner last week with mostly strangers some guy I barely know went off about how cheap upstate hydropower was unfairly and disproportionally sold to New York City. The swiftly moving Niagara River is located here, he argued, shouldn’t “we” enjoy its benefits?