Upstate shouldn’t pay for possible Indian Point closure, state senator says


A state senator from near Rochester told the Public Service Commission Wednesday that upstate ratepayers should not pay for transmission projects to replace the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Consolidated Edison and the New York Power Authority told the commission earlier this month that building new transmission lines and modernizing others to prepare for the plant’s possible closure could cost $300 million. Further measures, an industry expert said, could cost another $500 million.

The utilities were responding to a request from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force, which sought a contingency plan in case Indian Point was shuttered.  Plant owner Entergy Nuclear has no plans to shut down the plant and is seeking to renew its federal operating licenses.

“Fixing our failing transmission infrastructure is a good thing, but upstate ratepayers who would receive zero benefit from the closure cannot be asked to foot any part of the bill,” Republican Senator George Maziarz of Newfane said in a statement. “Attempting to make ratepayers in economically distressed areas of upstate New York pay for upgrades that benefit Manhattan is terrible public policy. It’s Robin Hood, but in reverse.”


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