A Vital Resource

Providing Economic and Environmental Benefits

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plays a vital role in our community, providing reliability and economic and environmental benefits both locally and statewide:

Reliability

  • 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.

Economic

  • 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

Environment

  • 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).