What They’re Saying About FitzPatrick Agreement

Senator Ritchie is pictured at today’s announcement with FitzPatrick employees Tom Bullock and Tony Martin.
Senator Ritchie is pictured at today’s announcement with FitzPatrick employees Tom Bullock and Tony Martin.

OSWEGO – Today’s (Aug. 9) nuclear agreement will prevent imminent closure of the FitzPatrick plant. The plant’s continued operation will save approximately 600 jobs and maintain $500 million in annual economic activity.

It also prevents three million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – the equivalent to keeping more than 600,000 cars off the road.

What they are saying:

“Saving FitzPatrick is an enormous win for Central New York and the entire state, preserving hundreds of jobs and maintaining a reliable, carbon-free power source for New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “FitzPatrick’s continued operation is essential both to the regional economy and our nation-leading efforts to power the state with 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. I appreciate the efforts of Entergy and Exelon, and the hard work of our team from the state, including the Public Service Commission, the New York Power Authority and NYSERDA to save Fitzpatrick’s jobs, significantly reduce greenhouse emissions, and help build a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York continues to be a model for other states in combating climate change,” said Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. “Keeping this clean energy resource running means New York will not lose the progress we’ve already made in reducing harmful carbon emissions while we ramp up renewables to meet the Governor’s mandate for 50 percent renewables by 2030. The steps we’ve taken today are welcome news for the Oswego community, and for all New Yorkers.”

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for providing the leadership in creating the Clean Energy Standard,” said Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “As a result of his groundbreaking initiative, we will attain our goal of generating half of our electricity from renewable resources by 2030 while slashing carbon emissions, and help save future generations from the worsening impact of climate change.”

Exelon President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Crane said, “We thank Governor Cuomo and his administration for their part in facilitating an agreement to save FitzPatrick. His leadership on the CES and preserving zero-emissions assets has truly positioned New York as the nation’s leader in clean energy.”

Entergy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leo Denault said, “We would like to thank New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for being progressive in placing a value on the carbon-free attribute that nuclear power plants provide.”

Senator Patty Ritchie said, “The FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant is integral to our economy and to our environment, with many of our residents and neighbors depending on the facility for employment and a reliable source of power. I am thrilled that Governor Cuomo and the Exelon team have come to an agreement that will allow this region to maintain 600 good paying jobs that support our community. This agreement is a testament to the Governor’s support of maintaining a thriving economy and a healthier climate right here in Central New York.”

“Today, I couldn’t be more pleased or more proud that our efforts to save the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant have paid off. With today’s news that Exelon Generation will purchase FitzPatrick from Entergy Corporation, the hundreds of hardworking men and women employed by the plant and their families, as well as our entire region, can breathe a sigh of relief. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his efforts to keep this facility open, and protect the much-needed jobs and economic benefits it supports. Since day one, he has understood how devastating the closure of FitzPatrick would be and I am so grateful for his willingness to listen and for his leadership. In addition, I would also like to express my thanks to both Exelon and Entergy, who stayed at the table and worked out a solution that safeguards these vitally important jobs, as well as the economic and environmental benefits the plant is responsible for. I would also like to thank the many men and women who have been tireless supporters of the plant’s continued operation, including its dedicated employees, who throughout this trying process have continued to run the plant safely and efficiently, labor leaders, community members and countless others who have understood that FitzPatrick’s continued operation isn’t just vital to Central New York, it’s important to our entire state. Simply put, today is a great day for Oswego County. FitzPatrick has been an vital part of Central New York for decades and I am excited that it will remain that way for many years to come,” Ritchie continued.

Assemblyman William Barclay said, “This agreement is a pivotal move in securing a major employer and economic driver for Central New York. Not only will it save hundreds of jobs, but will also position our community as a competitive player in the clean energy industry. I thank Governor Cuomo and the stakeholders for brokering this agreement – together we are taking an important step toward meeting our sustainable energy goals while preserving the jobs of tomorrow.”

IBEW Local 97 President and Chair of the Utility Labor Council Ted Skerpon said, “This plant has helped shape Oswego’s middle class by offering well-paying, high-skilled jobs and providing a ladder of opportunity for all New Yorkers. Today’s agreement will build on this state’s commitment to the working men and women of Oswego County and help ensure this region’s future growth and prosperity. I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to ensuring this plant remains open and I look forward to our work together as we continue to make Oswego a valued place to live and work.”

Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition Statement Regarding FitzPatrick
OSWEGO, NY – Today (Aug. 9), the Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition, a group representing hundreds of business, education and labor leaders throughout upstate and central New York, released the following statement in response to the recent announcement that the Exelon Corporation has reached an agreement with the Entergy Corporation which ensures the continued operation of the FitzPatrick nuclear power station.

Please see the statement below from L. Michael Treadwell, CEO of the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency and UEJ member:

“The recent news that FitzPatrick nuclear power plant will be saved is a testament to the hard work that this community, the Governor, the state of New York and many others have undergone to raise awareness of the critical need to save this plant.  FitzPatrick’s role as a vital economic engine for our region cannot be denied.  It supplies 615 jobs, contributes $500 million per year in regional economic activity and brings in $17.3 million in annual property taxes.  In addition, FitzPatrick provides opportunities for 1,000 building tradesmen and skilled workers who are involved in the refueling and maintenance of the facility.

“We would not be able to celebrate the news today without the passage of the Clean Energy Standard, which ensures that upstate nuclear plants are properly valued for their carbon-free power. We thank Governor Cuomo and the New York Public Service Commission for making the economic health of the upstate region a top priority and listening to the thousands that have voiced their support for the CES and upstate nuclear plants. Under this historic measure that paved the way for today’s news, New York’s upstate nuclear plants will continue to produce tremendous benefits and lead the way for a cleaner energy future.

“It is also worth noting that over the long-term, the CES will secure the benefits of all upstate nuclear plants for 12 years, which results in economic benefits of over $35 billion and consumer savings of more than $20 billion.”

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