It’s official: Somerset coal plant in New York to close within 90 days

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Buffalo News:The giant coal-burning power plant on the shore of Lake Ontario in Somerset, once Niagara County’s largest taxpayer, will be mothballed within 90 days.Plans are already afoot for the 1,800-acre site’s future, including a $550 million data center and a lakefront town park. State funding already has been approved for the park, and a New York Power Authority power allocation has been approved for the data center.Somerset Operating Co., the owner of the 685-megawatt plant, announced Monday that it had filed a deactivation notice Friday with the Public Service Commission and the New York Independent System Operator, the entity that manages the state’s power grid.If those agencies decide the plant is still needed to keep the grid reliable, it could be saved, at least for a while. But Somerset Supervisor Daniel M. Engert said Monday that he doesn’t expect that to happen.The plant has been idle far more than it has been active in recent years. The company’s announcement said the shutdown decision was made “based on stricter new state air emission regulations designed to eliminate coal in New York and deteriorating market conditions.”Somerset Operating had foreshadowed the shutdown this summer, when it announced plans for the Empire State Data Hub, which would be a newly constructed facility near the western end of the power plant property.More: Somerset’s giant coal-burning power plant will be deactivated within 90 days It’s official: Somerset coal plant in New York to close within 90 dayslast_img read more