For Immediate Release

January 9, 2017

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Anne Reynolds, 518.432.1405 ×222 (o),518.248.4556 (m),
Liz Gordon, 518.432.1405 ×224 (o), 518.522.6582 (m),
Jeff Jones, 518.432.1405 ×224 (o), 518.522.6582 (m),

Statement of Anne Reynolds, ACE NY Regarding 2020-2021 Closure of Indian Point

ALBANY, NY (November 3, 2016) — “With the news that the Indian Point nuclear power plant will close by 2021, New York should look to wind power, solar power, and offshore wind to meet electricity needs, rather than relying more on natural gas,” said Anne Reynolds, Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. “New York essentially has five years to get new renewable energy online to meet this demand, and the renewable energy industry is more than ready.”

“Governor Cuomo’s 50% renewable energy by 2030 mandate has created fertile ground for renewables developers, and they have responded by proposing dozens of projects. There are now 34 wind projects totaling 4,544 megawatts (MW) in the interconnection queue. There are also 27 proposed utility-scale solar projects, totaling 583 MW of capacity. This totals to more than twice the current capacity of the two Indian Point reactors.”

Ms. Reynolds continued, “Offshore wind development is also moving forward. Offshore areas for wind energy development have already been leased by the federal government off Montauk and the Rockaways, and off the shores of neighboring states. Development in these areas alone could provide 1500-2000 megawatts of capacity to New York. And more offshore areas should be leased in the coming years.”

“Indian Point’s closure means that 2000 MW of power must be sourced elsewhere,” said Liz Gordon, Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance. “With the Atlantic Ocean off New York featuring some of the best wind resources in the world, offshore wind power is uniquely situated to help meet that downstate demand.”

“Meanwhile, continuing adoption of rooftop and community solar will also help push New York towards 50%, as will development of small hydro and fuel cells,” Reynolds continued. “These smaller projects add up, providing New Yorkers the opportunity to generate their own power, and modernize the grid.”

“New York must stay committed to the 50% Renewable Energy Standard (RES). New onshore and offshore wind projects, solar projects, small hydro and fuel cells can bring economic development and new jobs to our State, while meeting this new electricity need, diversifying our electricity supply, reducing carbon emissions, and bringing cleaner air.”