Bud Thoman Testifies at the NJ State Assembly Utility Committee and the Senate Energy Committee Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017
Pictured Above: Wayne DeAngelo, Chairman of the Utility Committee, President of IBEW Local 269, Joe Egan, a member of the Utility Committee, Chairman of the Labor Committee, Business Manager of IBEW Local 456, Bud Thoman, President/ Business Manager of IBEW Local 94, Eric Hotouling, a member of the Utility Committee and a member of IBEW Local 400
 
On Monday, December 4th, the NJ State Assembly Utility committee and the Senate Energy Committee held a rare joint meeting, to discuss the need for a nuclear subsidy. The CEO of PSEG, Ralph Izzo, opened the hearing by explaining the need for a nuclear subsidy, and the effect without it, the closing of 3 nuclear units.
Following the company testimony, Bud Thoman, President/Business Manager of IBEW, Local 94, the Union representing the 750 employee’s that operate maintain Salem units 1 and 2, and Hope Creek, gave his own testimony, included below. 
 
 
Testimony of Kenneth Thoman
On behalf of Local 94 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 
 
Good Morning. My name is Bud Thoman. I am the president and business manager of Local 94 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 
 
Local 94 represents more than 3,600 brothers and sisters who are employed by Public Service Enterprise Group in electric generation, electric distribution and transmission, gas distribution and appliance service, and other work in support of those operations.
 
750 of the members of Local 94 work at PSEG Power’s three nuclear plants at Artificial Island – Salem I & II and Hope Creek.
 
I am here today to talk about the importance of those plants to New Jersey.
 
The demand for electricity continues to increase – everything is plugged-in these days. 
 
That’s why the members of Local 94 who work in nuclear, work in four shifts. Those plants run 24/7/365 generating safe, reliable, clean electricity. 
 
Those plants provide baseload power – nearly 50% of New Jersey’s electricity. They run day and night, whether the sun shines or it’s pouring rain. 
 
We need our electric power to be reliable. That’s nuclear.
 
We also need our electric power to be clean. That’s nuclear.
 
By law, New Jersey must reduce CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and must meet a much tougher target of 80% reduction below 2006 levels by 2050. 
 
I was a member of the DEP’s Clean Air Council for 14 years. I believe we’re still on track to meet that 2020 target. 
 
Salem I and II, and Hope Creek produce no greenhouse gas emissions. They also produce no NOx, no SOx and no particulates.
 
But we must keep those plants running if New Jersey is going to meet future clean air targets.
 
Solar and other sources of renewable energy are great for New Jersey. Members of my local build some of PSEG’s solar power plants. 
But solar and other renewables are use it or lose it. We do not have the technology to store electricity in any significant amount. 
 
Renewables today are not a substitute for round-the-clock power. 
 
If the market puts nuclear at risk, it also puts clean air and reliability at risk.
 
And it puts jobs at risk.
 
We are talking about 750 full-time, good quality jobs running those plants. And that’s just within the IBEW.
 
There are many hundreds more working full-time at Hope Creek and Salem I and II, and hundreds more on top of that who provide vital work when the plants are refueled.
 
For all those reasons – to meet the demand for reliable electric power, to help clear the air, and to provide good, high-quality jobs – I support nuclear power in New Jersey. 

 

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