Reports on Indian Point

  • Setting the Record Straight on Indian Point (February 2021) Losing New York’s largest source of carbon-free energy, Indian Point, hurts climate and community protection. A brief posted by Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers has led many to believe that renewables and energy efficiency are rapidly replacing nuclear. Co-authored by Dr James Hansen and Meredith Angwin, Setting the Record Straight critiques this misconception, discusses errors and oversights of the brief, and details the challenges associated with designing systems capable of meeting energy needs in the real world.
  • Letter to NYS Climate Action Council Regarding the Importance of Nuclear Power to CLCPA Goals, (June 2020)
  • A Critique of the PSE Brief on Indian Point This is a critical moment for the environmental movement in New York. Replacing IP with gas would greatly diminish or even destroy any hope of obtaining a low carbon future in New York. Regardless of one’s position on Indian Point, the key issue is whether or not Indian Point will be replaced by gas. This critique should serve as an invitation to PSE and others to address the issue of “How do we get New York to start to phase out gas?” (Herschel Specter – May 2020)
  • EE plus RE Cannot Replace Indian Point Every nuclear plant in the United States that has recently closed has been replaced by fossil fuels; none by energy efficiency and none by renewable energy. Indian Point 2 (IP2) is scheduled to close on April 30, 2020 and Indian Point 3 (IP3) a year later. They will be replaced by gas, unless NY State reverses its policies. (Herschel Specter – April 2020)
  • A Reliability Analysis For Riverkeeper The two nuclear units at Indian Point are scheduled to permanently close in April 30, 2020 and exactly one year later. In 2018 this facility produced 16.3 TWh of electricity, equal to 25% of NYC and Westchester demand. Where will the electricity to replace these highly productive, greenhouse gas free, power plants come from? (Herschel Specter – Jun 2019)
  • Environmental Justice Issues After Indian Point Closes Closing Indian Point may force NY State/Con-Ed to increase the use of existing “peaker” plants and other fossil fueled power plants, located in Environmental Justice Areas in New York City. There plants would significantly increase the release of greenhouse gases, add to the city’s air pollution, and may cause serious health effects. (Herschel Specter – Sep 2019)
  • Replacing Indian Point (Herschel Specter – Jul 2019) To truly replace Indian Point, any replacement scheme must also be (1) carbon-free, (2) highly reliable, and (3) productive enough to match its output. As New Yorkers demand action on the existential threat of climate change, while keeping them economically vital, this report calls for a rethinking of how to proceed.
  • The Best Emergency Plan for Indian Point, Rev. 2 (Herschel Specter – Nov 2019)
  • A recent comprehensive report from the Citizens Budget Commission, an influential think tank, found that the projected expansion of solar and wind was “likely infeasible” Getting Greener: Cost-Effective Options for Achieving New York State’s Greenhouse Gas Goals. Citizens’ Budget Commission. (December 2019)
  • Charles River Associates was retained by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to analyze the economic, reliability, and environmental effects of the proposed retirement of the Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant in Westchester County, New York. This analysis helped the City of New York and other key energy stakeholders understand the implications of IPEC’s potential retirement. (August 2011)
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation finds “no reasonable basis to perform a [State Environmental Quality Review Act] analysis comparing the impacts of Indian Point operating past the early retirement dates.” (2017)
  • Gov Cuomo promised “Replacement Power Will Be In Place That Adds No New Carbon Emissions” (January 2017)
  • The Indian Point Closure Agreement in its entirety (January 2017)
  • Balancing the Facts on Tritium Levels at Indian Point (Ethan Bodnaruk – 2016)


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