Calling for the Public Service Commission to "terminate its order" to ConEd and NYPA, WCA President Bill Mooney tells the New York State Public Services Commission to keep the lights on in Westchester by keeping Indian Point...
Hon. Jeffrey C. Cohen
New York State Public Service Commission
3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12223-1350
Subject: Indian Point Contingency Plan Dear Secretary Cohen:
I am writing on behalf of the Westchester County Association to voice our concern about the contingency plan to replace Indian Point's electricity. The plan will do great harm to New York businesses, with a hefty price tag of $811 million.
Here in Westchester County we have great potential to become a hub for biotechnology, and we are working hard to make that a reality. Biotechnology companies require an ample supply of reliable, affordable electricity in order to operate. Closing Indian Point, which generates more than 2,000 Megawatts of electricity, would be a big step in the wrong direction. Not only would we lose a critical source of electric power, but we would lose thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues. In fact, a 2011 study developed by Charles River Associates for the New York City Mayor's office found that New Yorkers would pay $10 billion to $12 billion in higher energy costs over the next 30 years if Indian Point were to shut down.
Additionally, should the PSC approve this contingency plan, it will set a dangerous precedent for future energy policy in the state. New York needs to adopt policies that will significantly increase our
in-state electric generation capaCity, not look to remove reliable power sources on which we can depend to supply our growing demand for years to come. As our population grows we will need more electricity, not less. This was made harshly apparent in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
There are many steps that can be taken before determining the most beneficial plan for the energy highway. Prior to forcing New Yorkers to shoulder hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary costs, we need to determine what's best for the whole system.
The Westchester County Association's key objectives include the promotion of positive economic development and the fostering of business development throughout the region. We urge the PSC to recognize Indian Point's key role in helping us meet these objectives, and in making sure that we have dependable electricity to power our future.
It is based on these important facts that I ask the PSC to terminate its order to Consolidated Edison and the New York Power Authority to identify replacement power for Indian Point. On many levels, we cannot afford it.
Thank you for your consideration.