After doing a round of hearings earlier this month, two Assembly Democrats say their preliminary findings suggest that shutting down the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant could be done with little impact on rate payers. In a press release, they say that investing in energy efficiency and by completing ongoing projects the state should be able to provide enough energy to make up for the loss of the nuclear power plant.

“The information we gathered clearly demonstrates that Indian Point can be shut down without unduly burdening New York’s ratepayers or the electric system,” said Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy. “We have the framework and the resources for a future without Indian Point. It all comes down to the State developing a plan and putting it in motion.”

“The experts testified that New York has the resources to replace these nuclear plants; now the decision makers need the will to make it happen,” said Assemblymember James Brennan, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.

The press release goes on to break it down their thinking, citing an increase of 5 thousand megawatts of power by 2015-2016 from proposed projects. And an additional 1,500 megawatts through energy efficiency and modernization of exisiting power plants by fixing current constraints that prevent certain plants from operating at full capacity, without building new power lines or new power plants.

These findings have been supported by several reports that were paid for by opponents of Indian Point. A contrasting report paid for by Mayor Bloomberg suggested that there would be huge spikes in cost and dirtier air if Indian Point shut down.