New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant to Close and Give Way to Clean Energy

Indian Point power plant to be replaced by clean energy
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According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) nuclear power plant is slated to close by 2021 to make way for clean energy.

The NRDC report particularly states that the power will be replaced by a combination of wind, solar, transmission-system, and energy-efficiency technologies. But to make things happen, NRDC director Jackson Morris states that New York’s Clean Energy Standard, which calls for 50% renewable energy by 2030, should be put into action. He said:

“We have the strong policy we need already on the books. And so it’s just going to require really smart implementation, making sure we get the wind and solar and offshore wind onto the system at the pace necessary.”

However, while the state has some strong renewable energy policies, Morris says that achieving the goal will also require more careful planning to boost efficiency in commercial buildings and homes. He explained:

“Putting in more efficient appliances, putting more efficient refrigeration units into bodegas, double-paned window, insulation, lighting is a key component of energy efficiency.”

The first reactor of the Indian Point power plant is scheduled to be decommissioned three years from now, while the second reactor will go offline a year after that. With proper preparation, Morris is positive that the decommissioning will be successful.