Regional Plan Association Joins Smart Power NY Coalition

Supports Repowering Queens Power Plant with Cleaner, Reliable Energy

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“It is vital for the New York region to adopt cleaner sources of power...while meeting growing demand and maintaining the reliability of the system. The Astoria Repowering Project is an important step in that direction.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 09, 2012

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor, and environmental groups as well as local and state elected officials, today announced that Regional Plan Association (RPA) has joined the group. The coalition’s principal aim is to ensure the success of the Astoria Repowering Project, which will update the existing NRG Energy, Inc. power plant in Queens with new, dramatically cleaner and more efficient generating equipment.

According to RPA Executive Director Thomas Wright, “It is vital for the New York region to adopt cleaner sources of power to improve our air quality and reduce emissions while meeting growing demand and maintaining the reliability of the system. The Astoria Repowering Project is an important step in that direction.”

New York Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, chair of the Smart Power NY coalition, said: “Advocating for critical infrastructure investment is central to RPA’s mission, and we’re thrilled to have them on board the coalition. A repowered Astoria plant is not only a vital element of energy infrastructure for New York City’s future, but also represents smart and progressive environmental planning for the entire region.”

The Astoria Repowering Project will replace 1970s-era generating units at the NRG Energy facility in Astoria with state-of-the-art combined cycle generators fueled by clean natural gas. The New York State Public Service Commission and Department of Environmental Conservation have already granted permits for the Project, which will:

  •     Put 500 New Yorkers to work for three years building the plant
  •     Reduce onsite “peak day” emissions by 98%
  •     Displace less efficient units, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,000,000 tons each year, the equivalent of removing 185,000 cars from New York City’s roads
  •     Increase generating efficiency by 56%
  •     Help meet the electricity needs of New York’s growth with more generating capacity—enough to power 320,000 homes

About SmartPowerNY.org
Smart Power NY.org was formed to advance a clean energy agenda for New York, and advocate for access to safe and reliable sources of power, a reduction in carbon emissions, job creation and policies that will help New Yorkers save on their power bills. All of this would be achieved by leveraging private investment only—no taxpayer or ratepayer funds will be used. Additional information and a full list of coalition members can found at http://www.SmartPowerNY.org.
Twitter: @SmartPowerNY

About Regional Plan Association
Regional Plan Association is America's oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. RPA works to improve the economic competitiveness, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. As part of that work, RPA develops long-range plans and policies to guide the region’s growth and development. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and competitiveness concerns. RPA enjoys broad support from the region's and nation's business, philanthropic, civic, and planning communities. http://www.rpa.org


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