For Immediate Release
After Perry Visits FitzPatrick and Touts Nuclear Subsidies in NY, Groups Call on Cuomo to Exempt Renewable Energy Purchasers From Subsidizing Failing Nuclear Plant
Nuclear subsidies have already cost New York ratepayers about $650 million
Syracuse, NY - Days after US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited New York ‘s FitzPatrick nuclear plant and praised New York Governor Cuomo for subsidizing nuclear energy, 136 organizations, businesses, and elected officials are letting the Governor know how unpopular the forced nuclear bailout policy is and calling on him to amend it.
- Immediately direct the Public Service Commission to create a renewable energy only opt-in program, giving all New York utility customers the choice to purchase a 100% clean renewable energy product and opt out of the Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) program. This option should apply not just to individual consumers but also to municipalities that have adopted Community Choice Aggregation (CCAs). The customers of CCAs that purchase 100% clean renewable energy should not be obligated to pay for nuclear bailouts on top of their CCA payments.
- Eliminate Customer Disincentives. For the opt-in program to be a meaningful choice for customers, it is necessary that when customers purchase the 100% New York renewable energy option, their PSC-mandated obligations to buy ZECs do not shift onto other customers. Instead, these obligations must be permanently retired, thereby reducing the total number of ZECs and the total cost for all utility customers. Similarly, it is important that when customers voluntarily buy additional renewable energy above and beyond the Clean Energy Standard targets, utilities, in turn, are not allowed to use those customer purchases to reduce their obligations to meet their renewable energy obligations under CES.
- Direct New York Power Authority (NYPA) to create a 100% renewable municipal program. NYPA can play a key role in providing communities and municipalities with the choice to purchase a 100% renewable energy product and/or enter into contracts with municipalities to be a CCA provider. New York should expand NYPA’s authority to all municipalities, and give them and the municipalities NYPA already serves the option to purchase a 100% renewable energy product and/or enter into a CCA program.
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