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Pronuclear demonstrators in Albany celebrating New York’s adoption of a clean energy standard that supports nuclear instead of just a renewable energy standard. Shown are members of Mothers for Nuclear, Save Vermont Yankee, Environmental Progress, Students for Nuclear, among others. Source: Environmental ProgressYesterday, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve a provision within the Clean Energy Standard (CES) that would value the emission-free energy that Upstate New York’s nuclear energy plants provide, finally recognizing that these plants are essential to meeting the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Since everyone agrees that this goal would be impossible to achieve without retaining the state’s existing nuclear power, this provision was critical.

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