Niagara Mohawk FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant
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The James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is an 838-megawatt boiling water reactor (BWR) located on the same 900-acre Scriba, N.Y. site as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. It is named after James A. FitzPatrick, who served as Power Authority chairman from 1963 to 1977, the longest tenure in the Authority’s history.
The New York Power Authority trustee granted contracts to Niagara Mohawk Corporation and GE to begin construction of the site in 1968. The plant was issued its operating license in October 1974 and began commercial operations in 1975.
In 1987 the Power Authority announced its intention to build the Sound Cable Project, a 26-mile underground and underwater transmission line that would allow electricity generated in upstate New York to flow from Westchester County to Long Island.
The state Public Service Commission approved the plan in 1988 and in 1991, the Sound Cable Project began delivering electricity to several Long Island businesses. The cheap energy provided by the FitzPatrick nuclear station helped protect thousands of jobs in Suffolk and Nassau counties.
FitzPatrick reached the 100 billion kilowatt-hour lifetime power generation mark on January 15, 1998 and was sold to Entergy Nuclear in November of 2000. It remains one of the largest employers in, and a significant economic contributor to, Oswego County.
Years of Operation: 1975-Present
Address: Scriba, New York