"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 have recently transitioned into the commissioning phase which will continue for the next several weeks. During this phase, we start various components of the facility and “tune” them to safely operate at optimal efficiency and reliability.
Since the primary fuel, natural gas, is not currently available, the initial project start-up and testing is being conducted using ultra-low sulfur fuel oil, which is the permitted secondary fuel for the facility. This fuel is the same fuel oil that is used in household furnaces in the area. We will also be thoroughly cleaning the steam piping systems within the facility using low-pressure steam, before the facility becomes fully operational.
As has been evident, testing and operating the plant can result in an odor and a visible plume from the stacks. These impacts are temporary and are NOT indicative of how the plant will normally operate during commercial operations once natural gas is available.
It’s important to remember that once operating on natural gas, the CPV Energy Center will displace older fossil fuel generation operating today. By replacing that older generation, carbon emissions are estimated to be reduced by 1/2 a million tons per year. We will also use less gas to create the same amount of electricity as we displace, which means less fuel will be imported into New York and our flexible operations will allow for the integration of more renewables in the grid for the future.
The startup and commissioning activities are a necessary part of the completion of construction and permitting process and are conducted in accordance with Federal and State air emission standards.
Please reach out through our Contact Us form with any questions about the commissioning process.