There is a misconception/myth/lie about our electricity.
New York State is part of a vast power region that extends from Ontario to Virginia and from Maine to Ohio. Electricity generated anywhere in the region is available to virtually any user in the region. Blackouts have been caused by transmission difficulties, not by lack of power.
The Indian Point nuclear plant generates 2,000 megawatts of electricity, which is a quarter of the electricity needed by the New York City area. When Indian Point has been temporarily shut down for maintenance, the area got its electricity from other facilities in the region.
Facing a massive buildup of natural-gas pipelines in New England, the Massachusetts Attorney General conducted a study of electric need and concluded that “under business-as-usual circumstances, the region can maintain electric reliability through 2030, even without additional new gas pipelines.”
Since electricity flows freely throughout the region, the above statement would be true for the rest of the region, including New York.
In a free market, if a shortage of a commodity existed, the price of that commodity would go up. This is not happening in the electricity market. The price is low, and nuclear generating plants in upstate New York need an $7.6 billion taxpayer subsidy to stay in operation.
New electric plants are built and old plants are subsidized by taxpayers for the sake of investors, plant operators, jobs and the tax base — not because of any need for, or shortage of, electric power.
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