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Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Potential Makeover of Tonawanda's Economy May Serve as a National Model

When we published our report about the fading financial viability of the aging Huntley Generation Station in early 2014, the facts showed the facility was all but destined to close. It had marginal usefulness for the region it was built to serve, and the financial drain it placed on NRG, the owner, would be borne […]

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Report- Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership

Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership (pdf)      

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New York Town’s Post-Coal Transition Seen as Model for Colstrip, Montana

Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Montana: Although the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is up in the air now that Donald Trump has been elected president, at least part of Colstrip’s coal-fired power plant is still likely to close by 2022. Peter DeJesus, field coordinator for Western New York Area […]

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New Property Assessment on Former Power Plant Site in New York Opens Door to State Mitigation Fund

Joseph Popiolkowski for the Buffalo News: After the Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda was retired March 1, the looming question was what the new assessment of the River Road property would be. Huntley paid a combined $6 million annually to the town, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District and Erie County under […]

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Lessons for When the Power Plant in Your Town Closes

How an Upstate New York Community Organized Around Common Goals and Gained a Lifeline to Economic Transition

NRG Energy’s Huntley plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., closed three months ago because the NRG couldn’t make a profit off selling Huntley power into the market. “We don’t foresee any scenario where the plant would be economically viable,” an NRG spokesman said when the plant’s closing was announced this past December. “This is a reflection of […]

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What Happened When a Power Plant Closed in Upstate New York? Electricity Prices Stayed Low and Outside Coal-Fired Power Wasn’t Required

The Grid Is Unaffected by the Retirement of Huntley Power Station


Our 2014 report on the failing financial health of the Huntley Generation Station in Tonawanda, N.Y., highlighted the fact that regional grid operators were relying less and less on the plant for electricity. Huntley’s capacity factor—the ratio of how much power it produced versus how much it was capable of producing—had been declining for five […]

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Tonawanda NY ‘Entering a New Phase’ as It Celebrates State Funding to Offset Impact of Huntley Plant Closing

By Joseph Popiolkowski in the Buffalo News: If the inclusion last week of $30 million in the state budget to assist communities like the Town of Tonawanda affected by the closure of electric power generating stations was like winning the Super Bowl, then the ticker tape parade was held Thursday. A cross-section of elected officials, labor groups […]

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New York Is on the Verge of Going Coal Free

A Bipartisan Energy-Transition Example Other States Can Follow

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech this month contained one especially good bit of news for the planet and for public health: New York state’s remaining coal-fired power plants will close by 2020. The governor also committed to helping the workers who lose their jobs as a result of plant retirements and the […]

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Group Pushes Cuomo for Access to New York State Coal Transition Fund

A coalition working to mitigate the effects of the Huntley Station power plant’s closure is calling on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to ensure access to coal transition funds for the Town of Tonawanda and Ken-Ton School District. The Just Transition Coalition is calling for a commitment of $6 million per year for five years from […]

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Study: Two Western New York Coal-Burning Plants Can Be Closed

Scott Waldman for Politico: An independent examination of two struggling coal-burning power plants in Western New York has found that neither is needed to maintain reliability of the state’s electrical grid, which could pave the way for their closure. On Friday, the New York State Independent System Operator said the Huntley power plant outside Buffalo […]

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NYISO Concludes Huntley and Dunkirk Plants Are Not Needed for Grid Reliability

David Bertola in Buffalo Business First: Results of an independent study of two Western New York coal-burning power plants say that neither facility is needed, and that they can prepare to be closed. On Oct. 30, New York State Independent System Operator said that two NRG Energy Inc. plants – Tonawanda Huntley and Dunkirk – […]

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NRG Continues to Seek Bailout for Failing Upstate New York Power Plant

Scott Waldman for Politico: A struggling coal-burning power plant outside Buffalo is looking into how much it would cost for ratepayers to subsidize it for another few years of operation. NRG Energy Inc. recently filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish a cost for a four-year bailout of the Huntley power […]

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