New York's nuclear industry has entered a new era. Market changes, nuclear plant aging, rising maintenance costs, and the expiration of overpriced contracts for nuclear power have all converged to throw the future of some nuclear plants into question. For the first time in the history of nuclear power in New York, some nuclear power plants are not able to turn a profit.
What are they doing about it? What are we doing about it? And what can you do about it?
Ginna, Looking for a Handout
In June, 2014, nuclear company Exelon announced that its Ginna nuclear reactor in Wayne County is losing millions of dollars and will close unless the Public Service Commission forces ratepayers to pay more money to keep the plant open. If Exelon gets its way, Rochester-area ratepayers would be on the hook to help Ginna become profitable again by digging into their own pockets! Sound outrageous? We think so, too, and we are organizing to keep Ginna from getting this bailout.
The Public Service Commission needs to hear from you.
Find out more and submit a comment here.
Fitzpatrick, a Reactor Running on the Cheap
The FitzPatrick nuclear reactor, in Oswego County, has seen escalating instability over the last couple of years, largely resulting from a worn out condenser the company refused to fix until the scheduled refuling outage. To make matters worse, Entery, the company that owns FitzPatrick has been laying off workers at the plant because the company has seen ongoing financial issues. At FitzPatrick, financial troubles seem to be causing safety compromises. The reactor is running in violation of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulation requiring that nuclear reactors generate enough money to maintain operations. We have joined groups in two other states that are dealing with similar issues at their Entergy owned reactors to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to enforce this regulation and shut these reactors down. Read more...
Sign the petition below to express your support for the enforcement of this regulation and the phase-out of financially distressed nuclear reactors in New York.
Dear Governor Cuomo:
We the undersigned call on you to oppose efforts by financially distressed nuclear power plants in New York to gain ratepayer subsidies. If nuclear plants cannot compete in the electricity market, they should be allowed to close. We also call on your administration to push the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to enforce its financial qualifications regulations to prevent financial problems at nuclear plants in New York from becoming safety problems. A just transition plan should be put in place to support workers and local reactor communities through job training and placement in the green energy sector and in nuclear plant decommissioning. Any subsidies for power generation should go toward energy efficiency measures, conservation and building a renewable energy system that will provide more jobs, improve our health and protect our environment.