The owner of the Ginna Nuclear power plant says it’s filed a petition with the state Public Service Commission in an effort to continue operations at that facility, one of the oldest nuclear plants in the U.S.
Exelon Corporation says it met with the various parties involved earlier this year to talk about significant economic challenges facing that plant. Officials with the Chicago-based company say a study by the state agency that oversees power distribution in New York has found the Ginna plant is needed to maintain the reliability of electric service.
But a contract that Exelon has with R G and E, which buys power from Ginna has just ended, and both sides will have to work together to come up with a new contract. Without a new agreement, Exelon says it would have to consider closing the plant.
Both Exelon and RG&E indicate they do want to work with the PSC regarding future operation of Ginna.