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Petition signatures backing NRG project sent to Albany

January 17, 2013

The coalition “PowerUp Western New York” has sent more than 4,000 signatures to state Go....

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Jan-18-13 12:42 AM

The petition signing was pathetic, I agree. The future has absolutely nothing to do with competing with the Niagara Power Project. Nobody competes with them, that power is all accounted for by deals between the state and businesses, mostly in the east. Electricity is sold on a wholesale market as a commodity and electricity prices in the northeast are driven by natural gas, and of course demand. If National Grid and the PSC determine system reliability at this end of the grid will benefit from a new facility, then NRG now has a customer and they can begin the process of securing loans to begin the repowering project. But what it really boils down either National Grid spending their(ratepayer funded) money to upgrade the grid to eliminate the need for the plant OR NRG spending their bank loan funded money to build a plant to sell electricty and maintain grid reliability as well as have power available for future indistrial growth in the region, if that were to ever occur agai

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Jan-17-13 10:58 PM

Killers, I admire your optimism, and hope that this can make a difference. But, this conversion carries a very steep price tag, and that's going to be hard to overcome. If the ROI is within a couple years, then there is hope, otherwise, it's a goner, unfortunately.

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Jan-17-13 7:18 PM

I hope the petitions works, however if New York really cared they would have done something already. The truth is the powers to be in Albany could care less about the Dunkirk Station, they hate coal and have wanted to see it gone for years. With capacity down by two thirds and probally by years end half of the remaining capacity will be gone. So by 2014 instead of 8 million, the taxes from this plant will be just a little over 1 million. The question now becomes who makes up for this lost revenue, it is simple the home owners and remaining businesses.

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Jan-17-13 3:13 PM

I seriously doubt that anyone in Albany cares about petitions from Dunkirk. The decision will likely be based on the cost to produce electricity in Dunkirk and whether we can compete with the Niagara Power Project on a cost basis. Let's hope it works but I don't have a good feeling on this. Credit Young and Goodell for a great effort.

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Jan-17-13 1:53 PM

Do these 4,000 people actually believe Albany cares what happens in Dunkirk? The answer is no. With the damage repair from Sandy and the passing of the states anti gun law. Dunkirk is not even on the list of things to consider. Nice try though.

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Jan-17-13 1:28 PM

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I oppose it, I'm simply pointing out that 4k signatrures in 3 months or more is sort of pathetic.

We could probably get that many signatures, or more, on a petition to paint the outer breakwall pink.

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Jan-17-13 1:22 PM


Yeah but wasnt the annoucement on the pier at least 2-3 months ago?

Also remember this wasn't simply a "stop in and sign our petition" type drive either since while I'm not sure what else was done but I know the CoC sent them out to local businesses asking them to get their employees to sign it.

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Jan-17-13 12:51 PM

This is just the signatures from the original announcement at the pier and within the next couple of days thereafter. Not counted are the calls and letters to both Cuomo & Silver as well as Cathy Young and Andy Goodell

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Jan-17-13 12:38 PM

Actually this is sort of sad, I mean with all the time and effort invested into this petition drive and they only for 4,000 signatures?

Heck, the petition for the US to build a deathstar, that the Whitehouse recently rejected, got over 32k signatures in less then a month.

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