Senate hearing on Indian Point contingency plan

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A state-ordered contingency plan examining whether the power generated by the Indian Point nuclear plant could be replaced with renewable sources and energy efficiency improvements will be the focus of a state Senate hearing next week.

Senate Energy Committee Chairman George Maziarz, R-Newfane, will hold the hearing on Monday at the Senate’s offices in Manhattan. The state Public Service Commission’s effort kicked off last November “but the problem is that Entergy, the plant’s owner has expressed no desire to close,” his office said in a release.

The PSC told Consolidated Edison to work with the New York Power Authority to develop a plan to replace Indian Point’s power in case it shuts down. The plan is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Task Force.

“Questions also persist about the $811 million in transmission upgrades needed to close Indian Point. Will the beneficiaries of this investment in New York City pay the cost or will all ratepayers including those in upstate New York?,” the release continued. “That question remains unanswered but will be addressed at the hearing.

The hearing will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 250 Broadway.

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  1. “Questions also persist about the $811 million in transmission upgrades needed to close Indian Point. Will the beneficiaries of this investment in New York City pay the cost or will all ratepayers including those in upstate New York?,” the release continued. “That question remains unanswered but will be addressed at the hearing.”

    WHY SHOULD UPSTATE NY PAY FOR THE ENERGY NEEDS OF DOWNSTATE NY WHEN AND WHERE AS UPSTATE NY HAS BEEN DENIED FOR 5 YEARS THE RIGHTS TO MINE THE NATURAL GAS UNDER THEIR LAND.

    AS NYC BUILDS PIPELINES TO BRING THE NATURAL GAS FROM PA UNDER NY FARMS FORSAKEN NYkers THE SAME OPPORTUNITY THAT OF PA FARMERS, TO PROFITT FROM THEIR MINERALS RIGHTS IS A SLAP IN FREEDOMS FACE

  2. Victor, I don’t think upstate should pay for downstate’s energy. However, while I understand in theory your desire to mine the gas in the Marcellus shale to reap the financial rewards, the reality is, as time is telling us, that fracking causes massive environmental degradation, contamination of our water, air, soil therefore our food,and degrades human and animal health with fatal cancers and neurological disorders. And if that happens to you or your loved ones, and I hope it does not, you will be singing a different tune. Because it does not just affect those living in the region where fracking occurs although those people take a more direct hit from vented methane, and the other ills of the industrialized landscape. It will affect all of us, all of us rely on the watersheds being kept clean and frack free. Look what happened to the gas wells in Colorado after the unprecedented floods recently. Gas wells damaged spilling untold thousands of gallons into the rivers and streams, on the land where our food grows, and animals we eat graze. Don’t think short term or short sighted. Clean, renewable energy is already here and there are many new jobs to be had in this industry which does not pollute our most basic essentials for life. Check your thinking, check your selfishness, and greed. There are other ways to make a clean living that respects the rights of others to have clean water, air soil, and be free from causing cancer and sickness to children, women, and men like yourself. All the best. No disrespect intended to you.