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Alternatives to the Indian Point Energy Center for Meeting New York Electric Power Needs (2006)

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, many in the New York City area have become concerned that the Indian Point nuclear power plants-located about 40 miles from Manhattan-could be a target. As a result, closure of these plants has been considered, but any closure would require actions to replace the 2000 megawatts of power supplied by the plants. To examine this issue in detail, Congress directed DOE to request a study from the NRC exploring options for replacing the power. This report presents a detailed review of Nark’s findings, including consideration of alternative ways to supply power and financial, institutional, regulatory, and political barriers that would have to be overcome to ensure reliable service to the New York City metropolitan area. During the study, an expected increase in demand for electricity also emerged as an important factor. Taking into account all relevant factors, the NRC concluded that while replacement options exist, they should be considered carefully and cautiously in light of the complexity of the situation and the barriers that were identified.

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