Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh


BEACON – Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and several co-petitioners filed in Supreme Court a challenge to the recently enacted mandatory 12-year nuclear subsidy that will cost New York ratepayers between $7 and $10 billion dollars.

This is according to a Jan. 18, 2017 news release from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

The release goes on to say the nuclear surcharge was ordered by the Public Service Commission’s as part of its Clean Energy Standard.  

In addition, the Petitioners argue that the $7.6 billion dollars nuclear subsidy imposed on New York’s electricity consumers was unjustified and that the PSC did not follow the law when it enacted them.

These subsidies will be paid by all New York ratepayers on their monthly energy bills, based on their usage.  This cost will most seriously impact low-income ratepayers and businesses operating on a thin profit margin.

“New Yorkers will no longer have a choice to purchase 100% renewable energy, because they will also be forced to pay this surcharge for nuclear energy.  The lawsuit includes 52 individuals who already purchase 100% renewable energy.  They are challenging the nuclear subsidies on SLOOP Clearwaterthe grounds that they already pay for their share of renewable energy to help New York with its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.  By additionally charging them for the nuclear bailout, the PSC is in effect forcing them to pay for more than 100% of their electricity usage.”

The cost impacts will affect individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments.  New York State Energy Research and Development Authority determined that the Rockville Centre’s Department of Electric Utilities, who provides electricity to the entire Long Island village, must pay a subsidy of $686,000 in 2017.

It is estimated that Ulster County, which purchases 100% renewable energy for county government facilities, will now be charged between $36,000 and $60,000 per year for the nuclear subsidy – or approximately $500,000 over the course of the next 12 years for the electricity used in county buildings in addition to their active support of renewable energy.  For some municipalities, all of whom are subject to tax cap, this may mean that they have to discontinue their voluntary support of renewable energy infrastructure, to remain fiscally responsible.

Petitioner’s amended their petition on January 13, 2017 for a variety of procedural issues.  Originally filed on November 30, 2016, the amended lawsuit incorporates new parties, indicating a growing concern and widespread willingness to challenge nuclear subsidies in New York.  Among the new petitioners are NYPIRG and half a dozen state and national environmental organizations, the Town of North Salem, and approximately 52 individuals who already purchase 100% renewable energy, but will be forced by the bailout policy to also contribute toward the nuclear subsidies.

The case, filed in Albany Supreme Court, is Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, et al. v. Public Service Commission, et al, Index. No. 07242-16.

Click here for filing documents.



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