Nuclear generation is the single most effective emission control strategy for utilities, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Only 27% of our nation's electricity comes from emissions-free sources. Three-fourths of that electricity is produced from nuclear power plants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions globally is the combustion of fossil fuels from sources such as power plants, automobiles, and other industrial facilities.
Using nuclear power to generate electricity instead of traditional fossil fuels avoids approximately 580 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year in the United States. Here in New York in 2013, the state’s six nuclear power plants prevented more than 22 million metric tons of carbon pollution.
We’re proud that the clean, reliable nuclear power safely generated at Indian Point Energy Center helps protect the global environment and also safeguards the air, water and public health right here in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley region. At Entergy we are committed to being good stewards of our local environment, and work every day to minimize the impact we have on the local environment while providing the power electricity customers need.