Official says NRG has tried biomass option

A proposal by a Congressional candidate to use coal with biomass at the Dunkirk facility has already been attempted, according to an NRG Energy Inc. official.

David Gaier, spokesman for NRG, sent a letter to the OBSERVER in response to Martha Robertson’s request that both the plants in Dunkirk, owned by NRG, and another owned by AES Energy in Lansing should co-fire with coal and biomass. Robertson made the request to the commission during a Public Service Commission hearing on Monday in Central New York.

Gaier responded to the request in the letter noting the NRG plant has attempted this already in 2010. However, the company canceled its project in 2011.

NRG is currently hoping to repower its coal-fired plant and convert it to natural gas in a $500 million project.

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