OSWEGO, NY – Wednesday (July 20) the counties of Oswego and Wayne released a joint resolution in support of the New York State Public Service Commission’s responsive proposal, which acknowledges the tremendous economic, energy and environmental attributes of upstate nuclear energy plants as a component of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard.
To link directly to the resolution, go to: http://www.oswegocounty.com/jointres.pdf
The CES mandates that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York State by 2030 come from clean and renewable energy sources, while utilizing our upstate nuclear resources to avoid backtracking from New York State’s climate efforts to date.
The PSC proposal was issued on July 8 and provides an analysis of nuclear energy’s benefits and the great loss the state would face should the Ginna, Nine Mile Point and FitzPatrick nuclear plants be forced to prematurely shut down.
Upstate New York nuclear plants provide immediate economic and environmental benefits, according to a recent study by the Brattle Group.
The plants contribute approximately $3.16 billion annually in state gross domestic product, account for nearly 25,000 jobs, and help avoid 16 million tons of carbon emissions each year, which are valued at $700 million.
The Brattle Group also found that without upstate nuclear plants, 31 million metric tons of carbon would be emitted into the atmosphere over the next two years at a societal cost of $1.4 billion.
“This joint resolution is the latest among a groundswell of support for Governor Cuomo and the PSC’s CES in Oswego and Wayne counties,” said Kevin Gardner, Oswego County Legislature Chairman. “Our upstate nuclear plants are in peril and in order to ensure that they are operational for the next generation and that New York State continues to enjoy the tremendous economic and environmental benefits that they provide, the Governor and the PSC need to act now to approve the CES, including the Tier III language.”
“I commend Governor Cuomo and the PSC for doing the right thing and acknowledging upstate nuclear for its zero emissions benefits,” said Steven M. LeRoy, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. “We urge New York policymakers to immediately take up the CES for the continued health of our upstate communities and the state. If our decision makers do not act on this measure, their failure to do so would be felt not just in the wallets of the families who depend on upstate nuclear plants for their livelihood, but also exponentially felt in our area businesses and schools that rely on the facilities.”