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New York's Nuclear Path to Combat Climate Change

New York state officials hope to use two nuclear plants as part of a pivot to greater reliance on low carbon emitting sources of energy.

New York state, aiming to join California as the most ardent supporter of a renewable energy future, wants half of its energy from renewables by 2030.

To help throttle the state's greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes to delay the closure of two nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario's shoreline, the New York Times reported this week.

The Times reported, “Aides to the governor have been trying for several weeks to dissuade Entergy from closing one of them, the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County.”

It continued: “Entergy officials say they will close the plant in late 2016 or early 2017 because it has been losing about $60 million a year.”

Regarding the second nuclear unit, the Times reported that the state hopes to “ prolong the life of the Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant near Rochester. The Ginna plant’s owners said in 2014 that they intended to shut it down, but state officials struck a deal to subsidize its operation to keep it running until 2017.”

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