Groups oppose switching NY plant from coal to gas
ALBANY — Environmental groups and some central New York officials oppose converting coal-fired power plants to cleaner-burning natural gas, saying upgrades to the transmission grid would make the plants unnecessary.
Opponents of the proposed conversion of the 300 megawatt Cayuga generating station in Tompkins County are asking the state regulators to order the plant mothballed. The groups support a proposal by NYSEG to meet electrical demand by upgrading transmission lines, which would cost ratepayers less.
The Public Service Commission isn't expected to decide the issue at its Thursday meeting. But Tompkins County Legislator Carol Chock says the session may be the last opportunity to address the board before a decision.
Earthjustice and other environmental groups say upgrading the transmission grid would allow coal plants to be replaced by wind and other renewables.