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New York Clean Energy Standard Would Help Preserve an Important 24/7, Zero-Emission Power Source
WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) –  Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today praising New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard for its potential to ensure that the state’s nuclear energy plants continue producing zero-emission, reliable electricity.
 
“As we continue to transition to a cleaner generating fleet, it is important that we keep our zero-emission nuclear energy plants, which play a crucial role in maintaining a balanced energy mix. In fact, in 2015, electric power companies reduced carbon dioxide emissions nearly 21 percent below 2005 levels because nearly one-third of U.S. power generation came from zero-emission sources—nuclear, 19.4 percent, and renewables, 13 percent—underscoring the importance of nuclear energy plants as we move toward a clean energy future.
 
“New York State’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES) is a way to preserve New York’s existing nuclear energy plants, which are a critical source of zero-emission, reliable electricity for customers in the state. Ensuring that these plants remain in operation will bring significant environmental, economic, and energy grid reliability benefits to the state.”
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