American Lung Association in New York Joins Smart Power NY Coalition

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Supports project that brings reliable energy, cleaner air to New York City.

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This repowering project will drastically reduce harmful air emissions, while at the same time increasing the amount of energy produced. ”

Smart Power NY, a coalition of business, labor, public health, and environmental groups as well as local and state elected officials, today announced that the American Lung Association in New York has joined the coalition. Its first and most important goal is to see a successful conclusion to the Astoria Repowering Project, which will update NRG Energy's existing power plant in Queens with new, dramatically cleaner and more environmentally-efficient generation equipment.

According to Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast: “For far too long, the residents of Astoria have been exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution from a variety of sources. This repowering project will drastically reduce harmful air emissions, while at the same time increasing the amount of energy produced. ”

New York Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, chair of the Smart Power NY coalition, said: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome the American Lung Association in New York to SmartPowerNY.org. This organization is dedicated to improving the air we breathe, and that’s a principal benefit of the Astoria Repowering project. Working together we will fight for healthier air, and the advocacy, strength and dedication of the Lung Association will help us see this project across the finish line.”

In addition to the many coalition members, the Astoria Repowering project enjoys broad support from the local community. The project is fully permitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Public Service Commission and will deliver significant environmental benefits to the region at large and to Queens in particular, including:

  •     Reducing onsite “peak day” emissions by 98%
  •     Reducing annual emissions up to 75%
  •     Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1,000,000 tons each year, the equivalent of removing 185,000 cars from New York City’s roads

The project will also put approximately 500 New Yorkers to work building the plant, will increase generating efficiency by 56%, and will help meet the electricity needs of New York’s growth with more generating capacity—enough to power 320,000 more homes than the current facility.

About SmartPowerNY.org
SmartPower 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.

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