It's your money: Could you be paying for a downstate power plant?

Posted at: 03/15/2013 11:14 PM
Updated at: 03/15/2013 11:35 PM

A state senator says a proposed contingency plan to keep power running downstate, could wind up costing upstate taxpayers, and upstate taxpayers wouldn't benefit.

That's why Senator Ted O’Brien says he's opposing this plan.

He says the New York Power Authority and Consolidated Edison, Or Con-Ed., submitted a plan to replace the power provided by the Indian Point Facility, should that facility have to close. O’Brien says putting that plan in place would cost more than $800 million.

"It's not just paid for by the people who benefit from that utility. It would be paid for by all rate payers across the state. And upstate the estimate is some $200 million that we would pay for even though we drive no benefit from it, and that's just not fair."

Senator O’Brien has written a letter to the New York State Public Service Commission opposing the plan.