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Journal News: "After Indian Point, where will we get electricity?"

01/13/2017 News Release Image

Journal News: "After Indian Point, where will we get electricity?"

The Indian Point power plant on the shores of the Hudson River in Buchanan. (Photo: File photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

. . . Karl Rabago, the executive director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, is a fan of the governor’s approach.

“We don’t want to dig a hole in our effort to reduce greenhouse gases that it’s impossible to climb out of,” Rabago said. “We’re losing 2,000 megawatts of non-carbon generation and we don’t want to back fill with generation that produces carbon because we’ll backslide on our commitments.”

LED lights and solar panels

In 2015, about two-fifths of the state's net electricity generation came from natural gas, one-third from nuclear power and one-fifth from hydroelectricity, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Nearly four-fifths of the state’s renewable energy comes from hydroelectric power. New York is home to the Robert Moses Niagara plant, the largest hydroelectric plant east of the Rockies.

Rabago said he’s confident the power lost by Indian Point’s shutdown can be made up through a combination of hydro, wind and solar power combined with energy efficiencies like replacing fluorescent lights with LED lighting. Metro-North parking lots, he suggested, could be outfitted with solar panels as some schools are doing now.

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