Indian Point generates eleven percent of the electricity for New York State; upwards of 30 percent of the electricity for the New York City metropolitan area; and twenty percent of our state’s clean electricity. Indian Point produces this electricity with the utmost reliability and safety, and without emitting pollutants into our air; its operation prevents the release of 8.5 million metric tons of carbon each year, the equivalent of keeping 1.6 million cars off the road.
A 2015 study by the Nuclear Energy Institute found that Indian Point directly employs over 1,000 people, 2,800 jobs in surrounding counties, and 1,600 jobs in other industries across New York State. Each year, the plant produces $1.6 billion in annual economic output statewide and pays $340 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal governments.
Given the abundant and unique benefits that Indian Point provides and given the recognition of our nuclear fleet as essential to meeting the goals of the Clean Energy Standard, the state government should support all nuclear power plants in New York. The state should end its opposition to the relicensing of Indian Point by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a body that has given the plant its highest rating for safety consistently for years—throughout the most protracted relicensing process in NRC history.
New York AREA supports the relicensing of Indian Point, plus the support of all nuclear power plants in the state, and strongly urges the Governor and the Public Service Commission to facilitate swift accomplishment of this goal, along with the implementation of the Clean Energy Standard.