The Wayne County Board of Supervisors plans to ask the state to allow the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant to remain open beyond its scheduled closure in 2029.
The Finger Lakes Times reports the board is set to ask the state to include the plant and three nuclear plants in Scriba in New York’s carbon-free energy plan. The board was expected to approve at its Tuesday meeting a motion asking the state to include the plants in its Climate Action Council Scoping Plan and urging the state Climate Action Council to extend its zero-emission credit program. Those moves would extend the operating licenses of the plants by 20 years.
County says plants are in good shape and generate carbon emission-free power
Oswego County legislators passed a similar measure last month. Wayne County Administrator Rick House says “the plants are in good shape,” saying they generate power with zero carbon emissions and have made safety improvements over the years. He also points to the economic benefits of the six hundred jobs at the Ginna plant.
The state’s climate plan calls for reliance on completely carbon-free power plant emissions by 2040. The Board of Supervisors’ resolution notes the four plants produce 44% of the state’s carbon emission-free electricity. The Climate Action Council is scheduled to complete its report by January 1, 2023. The plants are owned by Exelon Generation, based in Chicago.
The Ginna plant in Ontario on the shore of Lake Ontario opened in 1970. It’s the second oldest operating nuclear plant in the United States. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says 23 nuclear plants have shut down in the US since nuclear power generation peaked in 2012.
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