On Monday night, Power Up committee member Doug Stock attended the Fredonia Village Board meeting to offer a reminder to trustees: show your support for the repowering of the NRG facility in Dunkirk.
According to WDOE radio, Stock made the plea due to the economic benefit the area would reap if the state gives the go-ahead to a $500 million investment by NRG to convert the coal-powered facility to natural gas.
Unfortunately, however, the Business Council for New York State - a supposed advocate for business - has opposed the project. Its officials say the repowering project will adversely impact the rates. Those officials also say the rates will increase even if the project does not happen.
NRG is a community partner and major contributor to our region. If residents want one more opportunity to speak for the project, here are the addresses to send your comments:
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, New York State Executive Chamber NYS Capitol, Albany, New York 12224.
Chairman Garry A. Brown and Acting Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, NYS Public Service Commission Agency Bldg. 3, Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223.
In these letters, make sure to refer to case number 12-E-0577.
Public comments and letters may also be submitted to the PSC online by going to documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=12-E-0577.
"Your letters should make it clear to the governor and the PSC that our communities are very supportive of the Dunkirk power plant upgrades and want to have a repowered plant in the community," said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. "They also should indicate that you think the PSC analysis should take into consideration a broader economic benefits analysis as a significant factor in its final determination."
Residents often complain there are not enough opportunities in our region. A major project, if approved, will bring in numerous jobs - and outside dollars - for years to come.