State Sen. Catharine Young has introduced a new bill calling for the New York Power Authority to purchase power from Western New York coal-fired plants, including Dunkirk.
The bill S. 6842, introduced this afternoon, highlights the importance of the power plants to the region. "It is critical that New York state maintains a variety of modes of power generation to ensure the reliability of the power grid," the bill reads. "This legislation will help New York State to be energy self-sufficient. The coal plants in Chautauqua and Niagara Counties have just invested millions of dollars in the last few years in state-of-the-art clean burning technology to comply with federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations. For example, the NRG power plant in Dunkirk recently undertook $200 million in clean coal burning technology upgrades. These state-of-the-art upgrades ensure that the state's energy needs will be met in the face of unpredictable energy prices and changing demand for other modes of electricity generation."
According to County Executive Greg Edwards and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell last week, Albany was hearing from Chautauqua County residents regarding the future of the Dunkirk NRG plant. To continue to voice your support, here are the numbers and addresses:
A new bill for NRG is being drafted by state Sen. Catharine Young.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: e-mail at www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php or by calling (518) 474-8390
Hon. Sheldon Silver, Assembly Speaker at email@example.com or call (518) 455-3791.