- Q: Who is Competitive Power Ventures?
A: Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) is an energy company that develops, builds, and manages electricity generation facilities across the country. CPV’s corporate mission is built around a belief that progressive companies can be powerful agents of change for a better world and a cleaner environment. To this end, we have focused our core activities on developing and operating energy facilities that make a significant difference in improving the environments and economic circumstances of the regions in which they are located.
Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, with offices in Braintree, MA, and San Francisco, CA, the company currently has 4,000 megawatts (MW) of conventional generation projects in various stages of development. The company’s Asset Management division has more than 4,800 MW of generation assets under management. CPV also has a long history with renewable energy, having developed nearly 5000 MW of wind power since 2001.
- Q: What is the CPV Valley Energy Center?
A: The CPV Valley Energy Center is a highly efficient, 650 MW state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas power plant. The proposed location is an industrially zoned property located on Route 6, on the north side of I-84 and west of 17M, in the Township of Wawayanda, New York. This facility will help meet the growing energy needs of the Lower Hudson Valley region as identified by the New York Independent System Operator, while improving the reliability of the state’s electric infrastructure.
- Q: What is a combined-cycle electric generator?
A: A combined-cycle electric generator generates electricity from natural gas. The waste heat is used to make steam to generate additional electricity via a steam turbine. This highly efficient, state-of-the art technology will generate local, cleaner electricity that reduces dependence on older and coal burning power plants and is better for our environment.
- Q: Why did CPV pick this location for the facility?
A: This site provides an optimal combination of factors that are important in deciding where best to locate a power plant. The facility will be sited on property that is zoned M1 and complies with the Town Comprehensive Master Plan. The site provides access to the Marcy transmission lines, to transmit the electricity generated.
- Q: How big will the plant be?
A: The plant is a 650 MW-facility for enough electricity to supply approximately 650,000 homes. The plant will occupy about 22 acres and will have buildings about 130 feet high, and will have two stacks that are about 275 feet high (approximately the height of the nearby Orange & Rockland cell tower).
- Q: What is the process for community involvement during the review?
A: From the very beginning of the process, there have been ample opportunities for public participation, comment, and review from residents and relevant stakeholder groups. CPV hosted two Open House's, along with other educational forums to inform the community about the project, the overall process and how they could become active participants. Throughout the process we have actively informed residents about meetings, important events, and general updates about the project’s process, and will continue to do so.
- Q: What kind of tax benefits will there be for the community?
A: CPV projects typically provide local communities with a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreements that often times makes us the largest taxpayer in the community, providing revenue to support vital public services, school funding, and possible tax relief. We also make every effort to purchase local goods and services to benefit those living and working in the host community.
- Q: How will the proposed plant affect air quality?
A: The project is designed to minimize emissions of pollutants, and the combined cycle plant will be fueled by natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. The plant will be modern and highly efficient, and thus will help displace older, less efficient and dirtier power plants in the region. Because of this, the net effect of the CPV plant will improve air quality.
- Q: Will the facility be noisy during operations?
A: Modern power plants are surprisingly quiet and this facility will be required to meet all local and state noise quality standards. CPV is investing additional money in the design of the buildings on the site to minimize noise.
- Q: Where will the water come from to run the power plant, and how much will be needed?
A: The high efficiency design of this facility will conserve water and protect natural resources. Also, as part of our commitment to the environment, we will make every effort to use reclaimed water from the local wastewater treatment facility.
- Q: Where will the natural gas come from to run the facility?
A: Gas for the facility will come from the nearby Millennium pipeline and approvals for the pipeline connection will come from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
- Q: Will the plant contribute to Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF)?
A: CPV’s experience is that any localized EMF due to the facility is marginal and more importantly, is confined to the areas immediately around the generation turbines within the plant.
- Q: Will the plant be safe? Will local fire departments be able to comment on an emergency response plan?
A: Yes. The proposed plant utilizes a proven technology used throughout North America and the world to generate electricity without incident. Safety is a top corporate priority for all CPV facilities. The design, construction and operation of equipment and systems for the proposed project will be in accordance with all local and state regulations and will include state-of-the-art fire detection, alarm, suppression and control systems.
- Q: How many construction and operations jobs would this project create? Will they be hired locally?
A: At peak construction, there will be approximately 895 workers on site, and strong efforts will be made to use local labor and materials to the greatest extent possible. Once operational, the plant staff size will be somewhere around 23 full-time well paying jobs.
- Q: How many trucks per day will be coming to and from the site?
A: While it’s hard to determine the number of trucks on a daily basis, a transportation plan that covers proposed truck routes will be established to minimize traffic disruptions and other inconveniences.
- Q: How long will it take to build the plant?
A: The actual construction time is estimated to take approximately 32 months.
- Q: Will building this facility have a negative impact on property values in the area?
A: Based on information from other communities where facilities have been built, we have seen no decline in property values.
- Q: Will any of the power from this facility be available here in our area or will it all go to New York City area?
A: Power generated at the plant will be sold on the wholesale market and could well be bought by local utilities like Orange & Rockland, Central Hudson, or any other utility buying power from the State’s Independent System Operator (NYSISO) who operates the state power grid.
- Q: Does New York State need additional power generation?
A: It is widely agreed that New York needs significant upgrades to its electrical system (Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Plan) in the coming years. Additionally, the legislature recently approved Article 10, the state electric power facility siting law, acknowledging the difficulty of siting and need for new generation.
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a regional planning and policy organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life by promoting a balance between economic development and environmental protection.
To that point, we find the integration of a gas-fired facility to be a strong compromise in addressing and preserving those two goals. The people of this region, as always, require that their energy needs be met through thoughtful, environmentally conscious and economically prudent means and the CPV project meets those objectives.
- Jonathan Drapkin, President &
CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern
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