New York Clean Energy Standard: Myths vs. Facts 1 and 2

Date Posted: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Myth

The Clean Energy Standard doesn’t adequately support clean Energy.

Fact

The CES is a landmark policy that moves the state forward while maintaining the current progress New York has made.

Myth

Nuclear energy isn’t needed to support our carbon emission reduction goals.

Fact

Preserving existing upstate nuclear plants is a crucial way to keep down our state’s carbon emissions. The current upstate nuclear fleets avoids 16M tons of CO2 annually.  Elimination of upstate nuclear would drive the state to much higher dependence on coal, oil and natural gas.  This would take New York a giant step backward in our clean energy progress and be a detriment to consumers, the economy, and human health.

Our current state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative budget which includes upstate nuclear is approximately 33.5M tons. As you can see, eliminating these necessary resources will dramatically exceed our allotted budget and increase CO2 allowance costs.

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