Wawayanda board will reply to gas-plant plans (Orange County NY)

 
Published: 2:00 AM – 02/10/13 – 

The site plans for a proposed natural-gas powered generating plant in the Town of Wawayanda will be before the town’s Planning Board on Wednesday night.

The plans were filed last month, and Competitive Power Ventures — the company that hopes to build the 650-megawatt power plant between Route 6 and Interstate 84 — will be receiving comments Wednesday, the company’s vice president, Steve Remillard, said.

He said a public hearing would likely be scheduled sometime later. The project will also go before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals soon, Remillard said, to get needed variances.

Remillard said he hopes the state will approve the power plant as part of expanded generation in the region to replace capacity lost when the Danskammer power plant flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and which would be lost if the Indian Point power plant is shut down.

A week ago, Consolidated Edison and the New York Power Authority asked regulators to solicit proposals for projects that could be operable by 2016, to ensure that New York City’s power needs are met.

Remillard said he thinks the project is in a good position to be approved, and because they’ve been working on it since 2008, the company already has many of the approvals it needs.

Nathan Brown

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