Public Hearing on Future of Lansing Power Plant Draws 800 People
A public hearing held last night in Lansing to discuss the future of the Cayuga Power Plant drew 800 people.
More than 100 people spoke at last night’s hearing which allowed the community to provide the State Public Service Commission with feedback as it considers what to do with the Lansing power plant.
The 302-megawatt, coal-fired power plant has been struggling due to competition from natural-gas-fired plants.
One proposal calls for the plant to converted to a natural gas powered facility and continue operations
Retrofitting the plant would cost anywhere from $60 million to $370 million.
NYSEG which owns the plant has recommended the state allow it to close, the company would rather spend money to upgrade power transmission lines.
The plan to retrofit requires the construction of a natural gas pipeline.
The plant currently employs nearly 70 people and pays over 2 million in taxes, retrofitting the plant would create 132 to 248 jobs from 2014 to 2017. Upgrading NYSEG’s transmission lines would create 156 jobs during the same period.
Some speakers urged the PSC and NYSEG to consider other alternate fuel sources for the plant such as biomass and keep it operating.
The public comment period on the plants future runs to August 16th, the P-S-C Is expected to render a decision by the end of the year.