Nuclear Energy in New York
Nuclear energy is a vital part of America’s energy portfolio. Nuclear energy already provides about 20 percent of the country’s electricity, and New York’s dual-unit Indian Point, Nine Mile, James A. FitzPatrick and Ginna facilities generate more than 31 percent of the state’s electricity.
Demand for energy is expected to grow in New York and across the United States, as much as 28 percent by 2040 in the U.S. In order to meet future electricity demands, the United States will need to embrace a broad portfolio of American-produced energy solutions, and nuclear energy must be a part of that mix.
Providing Clean Electricity to New York
Nuclear energy has perhaps the lowest impact on the environment of any other energy source and is one of the nation’s largest sources of electricity that produces virtually no greenhouse gases. Nuclear energy provides about 64 percent of the country’s emission-free electricity, helping to keep our air clean.
The New York nuclear energy facilities supply a majority of the state’s clean-air electricity. In 2010 alone, these facilities improved air quality by avoiding the emission of:
- 25,450 tons of SO2
- 13,621 tons of NOx
- 23 million metric tons of CO2
Moving forward with the next generation of new nuclear energy facilities will ensure economic prosperity and the continued development of sustainable energy in New York and across the United States.
Creating American Jobs and Stimulating the U.S. Economy
American-produced energy sources like nuclear power boost economic growth and support high-paying jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. On average:
- New York’s nuclear facilities support more than 2,350 high-paying jobs and have an annual payroll of $274 million.
- Jobs at U.S. nuclear energy facilities today pay 36 percent more than the average salaries in the local area.
- The average nuclear energy facility generates approximately $470 million a year in total output for the local community and nearly $40 million per year in total labor income.
- Annually, the nuclear energy industry purchases more than $463 million of materials, services, and fuel from more than 1,600 companies in New York.
Sources: Energy Information Administration and NEIDownload a PDF of this fact sheet.