Area Colleges Endorse Conversion of Tompkins County Power Plant From Coal to Gas
A proposal to convert a coal fired power plant in Tompkins County to a gas powered facility is drawing support from Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as the county Chamber of Commerce.
In order to convert the former AES Cayuga Power Plant to a natural gas burning power plant a new gas line will have to be run to the facility from either Dryden or Auburn.
The pipeline would run along the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, it could connect to an existing pipe in Dryden on Ellis Hollow Creek Road.
The plant’s future has been in jeopardy due to rock bottom natural gas prices, the operators were prepared to shut it down, but a state study found there would be a 300-megawatt shortfall in the summer, if the plant were to close, the shortfall would drop to 150-megawatt deficit in the winter.
The public service commission has asked the operators to develop options to retrofit the plant to keep it up and running.
The plans are due later this month.