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.