Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plays a vital role in our community, providing reliability and economic and environmental benefits both locally and statewide:
We meet nearly 10% of the electrical demand in Massachusetts - this translates into power for more than 600,000 homes. While that may not sound like much compared to the state's total energy consumption or population, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remains a critical and extremely reliable baseload source of power because it provides a steady flow of power regardless of total demand by the grid.
Provides 680 MW to New England's energy grid on average.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year except in case of repairs or scheduled maintenance.
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is one of the lowest cost power sources available
Makes a total economic impact on the area of $145 million
Hires more than 600 permanent employees on average
Pays $55 million in annual payroll
Allots $2.6 million to emergency planning
Pays $9.75 million in state and local taxes
Contributes $300,000 to community and charitable organizations
Prevents the production of approximately 1.6Million tons (gas plant) to 5.7Million tons (coal plant) of greenhouse gases annually.
Prevents the production of 153 tons (gas plant) to 472 tons (coal plant) of nitrous oxide (NOx). NOx emissions promote ozone formation that results in summertime smog.
Prevents the production of 48 tons (gas plant) to 1238 tons (coal plant) of sulfuric oxide (SO2) emissions. SO2 causes acid rain.
Prevents production of 48 tons (gas plant) to 1238 tons (coal plant) of sulfuric oxide (SO2) emissions. SO2 causes acid rain.
Prevents massive amounts of sludge and ash from being produced by pollution control equipment at fossil plants (assumes state-of-the art equipment is used, as it is at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station).