Buchanan – Control room operators shut down Entergy’s Indian Point unit 3
nuclear power plant this morning to begin a refueling outage that brings 1,000
additional workers and economic benefits after two years of highly reliable and
Indian Point is investing more than $50 million, including about $30 million
on employee salaries, to complete the refueling and other important projects at
unit 3. That investment translates to additional economic activity for the
surrounding communities from dozens of vendors and hundreds of additional
contract workers, many from outside the area.
“We have brought in about 1,000 highly skilled contract workers, in addition
to our 1,000 regular employees, to help perform hundreds of scheduled
maintenance activities and inspections during the unit 3 outage,” said Larry
Coyle, site vice president and top Entergy official at Indian Point, “In
addition to conducting important work on unit 3, they are providing an economic
boost to our region.”
U.S. nuclear power plants are among the most reliable of any type of
electricity generator, operating on average more than 90 percent of the time.
Nuclear plants also help regional electricity grids maintain a diverse array of
fuel generation and protect against an over-reliance on a single fuel type.
Unit 3 was online generating electricity more than 99 percent of the
time since it returned to service from its previous refueling outage, in April
2013. Indian Point’s other operating unit, Unit 2, continues in service at full
Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating
nuclear power plants, unit 2 and unit 3, which generate approximately 2000
megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York
City and Westchester County.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and
operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating
capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of
the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8
million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy
has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.
Entergy’s online address is www.entergy.com
Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is