It happened this past weekend – New York’s request to eliminate a carbon-free power source came true. Smart? I don’t think so.

Here’s the story.

Indian Point Energy Center (Photo: Entergy)

The Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear facility, stopped producing power when it retired its last reactor. Since 1962 the plant had provided New York with power. Yes, power – think of the lights of Broadway.

The plant is 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It had three reactors. “The Indian Point nuclear power plant began operations in 1962 and produced over 565 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in the 59 years it was open. The Unit 3 retirement removes almost 1,040 megawatts (MW) of nuclear generating capacity from New York State.” That from the Energy Information Agency.  (A terawatt-hour is a unit of energy equal to outputting one trillion watts for one hour.)

So here’s the rest of the story. “Three natural gas-fired power plants have been introduced over the past three years to help support the electric supply needed by New York City that Indian Point had been providing.  The image from the Energy Information Agency shows the result of this decision.

Yes, New York retired carbon-free energy to install carbon-producing power.

The nuclear plant made one-fourth of the power needed by NYC. “This is one of the greatest strategic blunders in the history of energy in New York,” the New York Times reported from savvy energy expert Robert Bryce.

It happened this past weekend – New York relied more on a carbon-producing power source than the carbon-free source it had.