Thumbs up to good news regarding the NRG power plant in Dunkirk. The state budget includes language requiring the Public Service Commission to take into consideration the fact that repowering existing facilities provides greater benefits than importing power or local transmission upgrades. Now, the importance of NRG to the city of Dunkirk and Chautauqua County as a whole will be taken into account s the Public Service Commission considers NRG's proposal to convert its coal facility to an advanced combined-cycle natural gas plant. Then, an independent study was released showing repowering of the Dunkirk generating station would be more beneficial to ratepayers, while providing more economic benefit than simply importing power. On Friday, we wrote about the importance of Chautauqua Lake to the county's tax base. NRG is even more important. This week's developments are wonderful news for every taxpayer in Chautauqua County.