Dunkirk power station

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The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is coming under fire yet again with claims that the body’s proceedings lack transparency.

A group of elected officials, ratepayers, and environmental groups announced Thursday that they’re filing a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the PSC in an attempt to gain access to documents relating to the future of two power plants in upstate New York.

Kate O'Connell

Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.

This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.

Kate O'Connell

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with claims that there’s a lack of transparency in its proceedings.

The commission’s handling of plans for the future of two coal-fired power plants in upstate New York has been particularly criticized.

Opposing solutions for the Cayuga and Dunkirk power plants are being considered. The options are to either upgrade transmission lines or repower the facilities with natural gas.

Schumer lends support for Dunkirk repowering plan

Aug 7, 2013
Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

Senator Charles Schumer is supporting a plan to switch the NRG Dunkirk plant from coal to natural gas. However, the plan is one of two options being considered by the state Public Service Commission.

The repowering plan comes as the NRG power plant in Dunkirk faces closure, with dropping natural gas prices making power from burning coal too expensive. Schumer says the fuel switch would protect the county tax base and create up to 500 jobs.

Kate O'Connell

With the backdrop of a changing energy landscape in New York, the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is considering the future of two coal-fired power plants in the upstate region.

The NRG plant in Dunkirk and the Cayuga Operating plant in Lansing both face a similar problem; they’re no longer considered viable businesses due to the low price of natural gas, but they’re too important to the reliability of the New York electricity grid to shut down.