There's been good dialogue regarding my last blog post concerning the Indian Point Energy Center. And I appreciate the many thoughtful comments, including some in which we disagree.
But that's the point of having a conversation, isn't it? To share views, listen and to draw conclusions based on facts. That's what I specifically hoped would emerge from my "Myths Vs. Facts" blog - and that's what has begun.
We work hard to provide safe, clean and reliable electricity for millions of people. This includes many of our own employees and families who work in the area and are part of the communities we live in.
So, as we continue to discuss such issues, I encourage you to check out additional independent, third party reports that shed light on nuclear power and how it's a vital component of the U.S. energy mix.
Looking forward to hearing thoughts and sharing comments on nuclear power, "Green" and energy issues - and solutions for our country.
Here's some more places to get facts:
- The New York Independent System Operator's (NYISO) Power Trends 2011report. The NYISO has said that shutting down Indian Point without replacing the electricity it generates would lead to rolling blackouts. They also reported the potential for loss of critical transmission voltage support, which is needed to maintain power flow to the metropolitan New York area.
- The City of New York's PlaNYC report. This states that closing Indian Point without a viable and relatively clean replacement option would jeopardize reliability, significantly increase prices, worsen local air quality, and make it very challenging to achieve our goal of reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions 30% to achieve the Mayor's sustainability goals by 2030.
- Charles River Associates on behalf of New York City Department of Environmental Protection. "Every replacement option studied will result in a cost increase to energy consumers throughout the state, either through increased market prices or subsidies to new generators. If the market is allowed to function without subsidies for new generation, consumer prices will see marked increases."