New York City could soon make switch from nuclear power to renewable energy sources and improved energy efficiency as a three-unit Indian Point Energy Center nuclear power plant is scheduled to be completely shut down by 2021.
This plant has a capacity of more than 2,000 MW and went online in 1970s. Governer Andrew Cuomo has labeled this plant located just 30 miles from the Big Apple a "ticking time bomb" and made efforts to shut it down as soon as possible.
Governor Cuomo recently announced how he has persuaded plant's owner, a Louisiana-based Entergy to shut down reactors by 2021. According to reports the owner will bear the costs of decommissioning and the state will in turn withdraw all the legal challenges against the plant.
The emphasis on how to replace power from nuclear reactors should be on renewable energy sources coupled with improved energy efficiency. However, some energy experts doubt that this plant could be replaced without using more fossil fuels.
Nuclear power is connected with negligible carbon emissions compared to burning of fossil fuels. Some say it is highly likely that the state will use more natural gas once nuclear power plant shuts down, mostly because of its cheap price, and the fact it burns less emissions than coal.
Governor Cuomo said that the state won't have to turn to natural gas and will seek for more carbon-free energy sources. He is very supportive of offshore wind energy and hopes to achieve the target of 2.4 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030.
The proximity to Big Apple is the main factor in shutting down this nuclear power plant because the state's government actually supported nuclear reactors elsewhere in the state.