State Energy Policy at Critical Crossroads

Dear Editor:

The New York Public Service Commission will soon decide whether New York will have a much cleaner electricity portfolio, or go backwards.

At issue is the Clean Energy Standard, a program initiated by Governor Cuomo to cut the state’s carbon emissions by 40 percent and to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity generated from renewable sources by 2030.

To get there, New York needs its six non-carbon emitting nuclear power plants.

Yet, several of the plants may close due to complex, discriminatory federal and state market regulatory laws that do not recognize the benefits of the plants’ non-carbon power. The CES would fix this.

New York’s nuclear plants provide 32 percent of our electricity, keep consumer prices competitive, employ thousands of New Yorkers, and keep the grid reliable. Many prominent environmentalists also support New York’s nuclear facilities, including Indian Point, as they keep carbon emissions low.

New York State should also end its opposition to the continued operation of Indian Point. This plant provides 11 percent of the state’s electricity, is safe, and the staff at the independent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recommended license renewal.

The CES proposal to treat nuclear plants fairly has already led to a bid that could keep the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego open under new ownership instead of closing in January, as scheduled.

The PSC should expeditiously approve the CES to support abundant, clean, and reliable energy in New York for years to come.

Sincerely,

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer
Chairman, New York AREA
1177 Avenue of the Americas, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10036
212-683-1203 – office
[email protected]

Arthur “Jerry” Kremer served in the New York State Assembly from 1966 to 1988, rising to chair the Ways & Means Committee. He now serves as chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA), a diverse coalition of more than 150 business, labor and community groups and individuals whose mission is to ensure that New York has an ample and reliable electricity supply, and economic prosperity for years to come. Entergy, the owner of FitzPatrick and Indian Point, is a member of New York AREA.