India has officially begun building home grown 700 MWe reactors, The second unit of the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China’s southern island province of Hainan has officially begun construction. The nuclear power reactors on Hainan (this one and others) will reduce the province’s consumption of coal by more than 300 million tonnes annually.
Atomic Insights indicates that Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor technology was sold to China in 2007 and he wrote in 2007 that China would export variations of the technology that was transferred to them.
The Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester County produces 2,000 megawatts of electricity – about one-third of the metro area’s needs. It powers Metro-North and the subway system, which transport an average weekday ridership of 5.1 million. Like the circus strongman at the base of a human pyramid, Indian Point supports the statewide grid of high-voltage transmission lines that protects against power failures. An economic engine for the state, Indian Point directly provides about 2,500 jobs. Unlike the fossil fuel plants that produce most U.S. energy, Indian Point emits no air pollution, and it keeps the lights on at a low cost.
Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo want to shut it down? He says it’s unsafe, a target for terrorists and that replacement power can be found without short- or long-term consequences.
This is irresponsible.
Closing the twin reactors means more illnesses and deaths thanks to increases in ozone and smog from additional fossil fuel combustion as well as more electricity-supply problems – brownouts and blackouts that would affect services like transportation and life-sustaining air conditioning during heat waves. Oh, and your electric bill will soar.
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