NRG hearing: Community voice is crucial

Our area has no excuses. Tonight, we must show up.

Tonight, area residents must appeal to the Public Service Commission at the public hearing in the Williams Center on the Fredonia State University campus that we believe NRG Energy Inc.’s plan to repower is the right fit for our community.

We believe so because of its presence as the largest taxpayer in the city of Dunkirk as well as the county. We believe so because NRG is an excellent community partner when it comes to unwavering support for our non-profits. We believe so because NRG is willing to commit $500 million to the Dunkirk plant – the largest private investment ever proposed for this county.

Most importantly, we also believe the NRG plant fulfills a reliability need that was sought by the Public Service Commission in its request for proposals. If something goes wrong on the grid or we are relying on wind and solar power for electricity, we want our plant to be there to ramp up quickly when the winds taper down or the sun sets so our power supply does not suffer.

National Grid is not offering that by importing power.

Turnout tonight is crucial. If we can attend Music on the Pier, Buffalo Bills or Sabres games or high school events in large numbers, we can and must attend this three-hour once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

This is not only about NRG. This is about a city and region’s future. Everyone who lives here – from Hanover to Ripley and Forestville to Jamestown – has a stake in this.

We have seen enough business and industry leave in the last 30 years that did not want to invest in this area. NRG has already invested millions into the plant – and is willing to invest millions more.

Tonight is it. No more second chances. No more excuses.

We must show up.