New York should pull the plug on a power plant project in Brooklyn, says city Comptroller Scott Stringer.
He called on the state agency responsible for electric facilities to reject the Astoria Generating Company’s plans to replace old units at a plant in Gowanus, Brooklyn, with natural gas units.
The plan is “directly incompatible with our emissions goals, the wellbeing of our local communities and our progress towards a more sustainable future,” Stringer wrote Michelle Phillips, secretary of the NYS Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, on Wednesday.
The Astoria Generating Company has been working on a project to replace combustion turbines located on barges — considered one of the dirtiest power plants in the city — with natural gas units.
But local environmentalists say using natural gas would put the city on the wrong course when it should be investing more in renewable energy.
“Rather than reinforcing the fossil fuel status quo, it is now past time to overhaul our energy infrastructure ... with renewable and battery-powered solutions that generate both reliable power and good jobs,” Stringer wrote.
The state government did not answer a request for comment on the comptroller’s letter.
John Reese of the Astoria Generating Company said if his company can’t make the upgrade, the units "will continue to run less efficiently, with more emissions, for up to the next twenty years.
“This project, which we have not even filed an application for yet, will be fully compliant with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, ensure reliability and resiliency and be fully removable when no longer needed,” he added.
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