The Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester produces 2,000 MW 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. In addition, it is an economic engine for the region directly employing 2,500 people.
So why does New York Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo want to shut it down? He claims it is unsafe, a target for terrorists, and that replacement power can be found without short-or-long-term consequences.