Over the last 10 years, New York state has led the nation in our reduction of carbon dioxide emissions largely due to the fact that we have replaced coal-fired generating stations with cleaner natural gas-fired power plants. As a result, our CO2 emissions from electricity generation have decreased by nearly 50 percent since 1990.
I recently toured the construction site in the Town of Dover where the $1.5 billion Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is underway. The project is being built on the site of a contaminated former industrial plant first used during World War II and which has laid dormant for many decades. This combined-cycle natural gas facility will use the latest technology to assure nominal emissions which will help maintain air quality around the plant.
Furthermore, CVEC’s proximity to existing gas pipeline infrastructure ensures limited disruptions to the local environment because no new gas lines outside of the project property will need to be constructed. This project passed thorough environmental reviews and will be necessary to support New York’s electricity grid following the closure of Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020.
Lastly, CVEC will provide millions of dollars in annual tax payments to support the Dover Union Free School District, the Town of Dover, and Dutchess County, thereby lessening the burden on local taxpayers. I strongly support the completion of the Cricket Valley Energy Center.