Dunkirk Area Labor Council speaks out about NRG

OBSERVER Staff Report

Is National Grid planning to purchase power from out-of-state after 2015 if the NRG Dunkirk plant is to close?

That is one of the many questions posed in a letter on today’s Opinion page, submitted by the Dunkirk Area Labor Council and its President Doug Stock. The letter questions the most recent proposal by National Grid and if it is planning to purchase power from neighboring states with fewer regulations.

“National Grid criticizes NRG’s listed greenhouse gas and other emission reductions from a natural gas conversion claiming closing the plant will “reduce emissions to zero,” Stock states.

“Yet if we are importing coal power from non-Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states like Pennsylvania and Ohio, isn’t National Grid’s claim duplicitous at best?”

NRG is proposing a conversion from coal to natural gas for its Dunkirk plant, which would be a $500 million investment. NRG also is the largest taxpayer in the county and is currently under a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

NRG also is a supplier of electricity, while National Grid is the company that delivers power to business and residential users in portions of Northern Chautauqua County.

Complete letter on Page A7.