South County residents have one more chance to help keep a revitalized NRG Energy Inc. operating in Dunkirk.
NRG is considering converting its coal-burning plant into natural gas to not only power our region but other parts of the Northeast. To do so, the Public Service Commission must approve the plan for a $500 million investment by the company at the Dunkirk location.
On Oct. 22, 2012, we gave our reasons why south county residents should support NRG.
"Why should you sign an online petition to support a project in the north county?
Because it affects everyone in the county.
If NRG closes its plant altogether, Chautauqua County, the city of Dunkirk and its school district will lose nearly $8.5 million in a payment in lieu of taxes agreement. The loss will be made up every year, year after year, by property owners across the county.
NRG has an economic impact of $40 million annually in our area."
The analysis is as true now as it was then.
Area residents can help by sending letters to Garry Brown, state Public Service Commission chairman, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo stating their support of the Dunkirk power plant upgrades and the desire to have a repowered plant in the community. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, also says letters should indicate the Public Service Commission analysis should take into consideration a broader analysis of NRG's economic benefits to the community.
To send your letter, visit documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=1 2-E-0577 or you can send a letter to these individuals:
Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, governor, New York State, Executive Chamber, NYS Capitol, Albany, NY, 12224
Chairman Garry A. Brown & Acting Secretary Jeffrey Cohen, NYS Public Service Commission, Agency Bldg. 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223
The case number is 12-E-0577.