NRG begins new push

NRG Energy Inc. is touting an updated Web site as an attempt to add to the momentum for the Dunkirk repowering proposal.

According to David Gaier, NRG director of communications, the updated web site allows individuals and businesses to join the coalition. Those who previously signed a petition and sent comments to the state and governor are also welcome to be coalition members.

“By joining, people automatically send a message of support directly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” Gaier said.

In July 2012, NRG announced plans to repower the Dunkirk facility by converting it from a coal-generated station to one that produces electricity by using natural gas. The project, which would take three years, is about $500 million.

NRG cannot move forward with the plan, however, until it receives approval from the state Public Service Commission. In July, a meeting here regarding the proposal brought out nearly 2,500 people to the Williams Center on the Fredonia State University campus. More than 90 percent of those who attended favored the project.