New York sued over subsidies for nuclear power plants

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York utility regulators are being sued by an environmental group over big subsidies for nuclear power plants.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater claims in a lawsuit the state Public Service Commission acted improperly when it adopted the subsidies this summer as part of a plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Clearwater says it filed the lawsuit Wednesday with Goshen Green Farms.

The subsidies will go toward upgrades at upstate nuclear plants as New York ramps up its use of solar, wind and other renewables. In the first two years, the ratepayer subsidy will total an estimated $965 million. The figure could grow to $7.6 billion over 12 years.

A spokesman for the PSC said they would not comment since the matter is in court.

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