That’s what moving to solar and wind while rejecting nuclear power will bring
Last Saturday evening, one of Con Ed’s high-voltage underground cables failed, plunging 42 blocks of Manhattan into darkness. The outage affected around 70,000 customers, shuttered Broadway shows and even forced cancellation of the Jennifer Lopez concert at the Garden.
And just as the sun can be counted to rise in the east, Gov. Cuomo rushed to score political points, blaming the utility and calling the outage an example of “Russian roulette” in a radio interview on WNYC.
But the real thing to fear is the governor’s windmill-tilting green energy policies, which will make New York’s power system far more vulnerable to blackouts. Most immediately, the governor’s insistence on shuttering Indian Point nuclear power plant beginning next year, thereby eliminating 2,000 MW of reliable, round-the-clock, emissions-free electricity that provides up to 25% of the electricity needs for the greater New York City region, including Westchester County, where the plant is located.
In July 2016, the New York Independent System Operator — the independent, nonprofit organization that operates the state’s electric grid — noted in its comments to the Public Service Commission that “retaining all existing nuclear generators is critical to the state’s carbon emission reduction requirements as well as maintaining electric system reliability.” The year before, NYISO warned, “To meet electric system reliability requirements, replacement resources have to be in place prior to a closure of the Indian Point Energy Center.”
Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD, is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, president of Continental Economics consulting, and author of the new report, “Is There a Future for Nuclear Power in the United States?”
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