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Written by  Mar 01, 2017

UEJC Comments on Return to Service of Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant

The Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition (UEJ), a group representing more than 130 business, education and labor leaders throughout upstate and central New York, released the following statement in response to the return to service of the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant.

L. Michael Treadwell, CEO of the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency and UEJ member, said:

“FitzPatrick’s return to service after its planned refueling outage should serve as a reminder of the many benefits upstate nuclear power plants bring to our state economy, local communities and businesses. We cannot forget that FitzPatrick’s continued operation would not be possible without the groundbreaking Clean Energy Standard (CES). Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission (PSC) worked tirelessly on this important policy that recognizes the environmental attributes that upstate nuclear plants provide. This will enable these facilities to be financially viable and avoid premature shutdowns, which would have caused irreparable damage to our region, and state climate efforts.

The refueling process brought in roughly 1,000 additional skilled trade workers from surrounding regions, proving to be a great boon to local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, shops, gas stations, and others. FitzPatrick provides 615 jobs, $500 million per year in regional economic activity, $74 million in annual payroll and $17.3 million in annual property taxes. What’s more, FitzPatrick supplies enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 800,000 homes and helps to avoid over 3 million tons of carbon emissions annually. This equates to almost 10% of the entire statewide Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 budget.

Collectively, upstate nuclear plants are vital to the economic and environmental wellbeing of the state. A Brattle Group report found that they contribute approximately $3.16 billion in state gross domestic product, account for nearly 25,000 jobs, help to stabilize the price of electricity for $1.7 billion in savings, pay $144 million in local and state tax revenues and help to avoid over 16 million tons of carbon emissions. In other words, without these facilities, New York would depend on higher cost, higher emitting, and less reliable facilities to fill the void which would increase energy, capacity and emissions prices for every New York consumer.

Unfortunately, opposition groups have been spreading false information about the CES. It is truly disappointing that anyone who claims to be pro-environment would be against a policy such as the CES that combats climate change, saves thousands of jobs, and helps consumers save money on electricity. The CES is a common sense, lower cost and lower environmental emissions measure, for everyone upstate and downstate.

This is a groundbreaking policy that puts New York on the map when it comes to protecting valuable sources of carbon-free energy.”

### About Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition

Upstate Energy Jobs (UEJ) is a growing coalition of more than 130 upstate New York elected representatives, business leaders, members of organized labor, education institutions, economic development organizations and community leaders who are leading efforts to raise awareness among policymakers of the importance of keeping upstate New York’s nuclear energy plants open. For more information or to voice support for preserving the region’s economic and environmental security, go to upstateenergyjobs.com.

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