Nuclear Matters is thrilled with Energy Harbor Corp’s decision to rescind the March 2018 notices to deactivate the Beaver Valley Power Station. The station’s two units, scheduled for deactivation in 2021, will remain a part of Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio and – most importantly – continue to employ over 1,000 people while contributing to the state’s carbon-free energy future as long as Pennsylvania enters the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), by 2022 as announced.
Beaver Valley Power Station is one of four nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania. Together, they generate 93 percent of all carbon-free electricity and 38 percent of the state’s total electricity supply. Prematurely closing the plant’s two units would have resulted in the loss of 1,000 full-time jobs and a substantial increase in carbon emissions, which can lead to negative health effects, especially among Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable communities. This decision puts Pennsylvania’s well-being and livelihoods first.
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