"Efficiency is ever-increasing through technological advances, however our usage of available energy continues to increase and we must be willing to upgrade our energy infrastructure to meet future demand. CPV's project is very timely as Indian Point's current license to operate is being considered for renewal. If not renewed New York could experience a major energy shortage and this project can help mitigate that."
James P. SmithPresident, Advanced Testing
"Over the past five years CPV Valley Energy has, through a concerted effort to keep the public informed with open meetings, newsletters and an informational website, developed an unprecedented level of public support for its clean, natural gas powered electric generating facility. Undoubtedly, this project will foster an economic impact that will resonate well beyond Orange County and the lower Hudson Valley. Its location, which backs up against a major interstate highway and fronts on a highly traveled state road, is within the Priority Growth Corridor."
Maureen HalahanPresident & CEO Orange County Partnership
"According to both the Orange County Comprehensive Plan and the Town of Wawayanda's own planning policy, the area selected for the project is designated for commercial development. The project is a good use of the land."
Nancy ProyectPresident, Orange County Citizens Foundation
"Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a regional planning and policy organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life by promoting a balance between economic development and environmental protection. To that point, we find the integration of a gas-fired facility to be a strong compromise in addressing and preserving those two goals. The people of this region, as always, require that their energy needs be met through thoughtful, environmentally conscious and economically prudent means and the CPV project meets those objectives."
Jonathan DrapkinPresident & CEO, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
CPV Valley Energy Center Update
We'd like to provide the following update on the commissioning of the CPV Valley Energy Center.
The startup and commissioning activities are a necessary phase of construction and commercialization of the project. Initial testing and cleaning of the steam piping within the facility using low pressure steam (“steam blows”) is now complete. The facility has also completed the restoration phase and has entered final testing and tuning.
During this last phase, the main components of the facility will be tested both individually and in unison. As a result, there will be times when the pure steam produced by the combustion turbines will by-pass the steam turbine and be vented directly through the air-cooled condenser fans, resulting in temporary increases in audible noise. However, this is not indicative of how the plant will operate once commissioning is completed. During normal operations, the steam is used to power the steam turbine to maximize the efficiency of the facility and is not vented through the air-cooled condenser.
Although commissioning activities comply with applicable air emission and noise standards, we recognize the concerns raised by local residents and are taking the following actions to mitigate them:
Delaying any nonessential tests that would typically be conducted during this phase until natural gas is available.
Reconfiguring commissioning activities to complete them as soon as possible.
It is very important to keep in mind the significant benefits the CPV Valley Energy Center will provide the community, including:
Displace outdated fossil fuel generation, which will reduce regional carbon emissions by an estimated half-a-million ton per year.
We will use approximately 30 to 50 percent less fuel to create the same amount of electricity being generated today, dramatically reducing the amount of fuel imported into New York.
Estimated $45 million in additional revenue that can be used to help reduce tax burdens, provide funding for infrastructure maintenance, and support local recreation and civic programs.
Our dual fuel capability will provide significant reliability benefits to the power system and our flexible operations will allow for more renewables in the grid for years to come.
Reducing regional electric costs by over $730 million per year by replacing less efficient generation resources.
We deeply appreciate you understanding during this phase. Please continue to check back here to stay updated on the project.