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Huntley (NRG)

Plant Status: 
Defeated
Developer: 
NRG
City: 
Tonawanda
Plant State: 
NY
Plant Size (MW): 
680
Technology: 
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
Fuel Type: 
Petroleum Coke
Finances*: 
Citi, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley.
CO2 Output (tons)**: 
4 523 972
Geographic Location: 
Latitude: 42.970700000000
Longitude: -78.876100000000

Update: July 2008

Great News! On July 17th, NRG cancelled plans for its proposed Huntley 680-MW IGCC plant after the New York Power Authority pulled its support. The power agency said the proposed plant would have cost state taxpayers too much – an estimated $175 million a year – and would have relied on unproved technology.  For more information, please read The Buffalo News article detailing NRG's decision.

Update: July 2008

NRG and officials from Governor Paterson's administration are discussing possible state support for the $1.6 billion Town of Tonawanda project. However, the proposed plants faces major hurdles, including whether its electricity will be affordable and whether its pollution control technology can perform as advertised on such a large scale.

Update: March 2008

The New York DEC still has yet to receive an air permit application for NRG Energy's IGCC coal plant proposed for the Huntley Station in Tonawanda.  According to recent newspaper reports, NRG Energy is facing a $430 million gap for the estimated $1.5 billion plant and may seek funds from a U.S. Dept. of Energy program designed to develop carbon capture and sequestration projects.

Update: July 2007

According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the company has discussed the proposed plant with agency officials, but has yet to submit an air permit application.

Background:

On December 20th, 2006 the New York Power Authority (NYPA) chose NRG Corporation to build a 680-megawatt Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle coal-fired power plant for the state. NRG plans to build the plant at their Tonawanda Huntley station, where they plan to shut down two of their older plants. In NYPA's request for proposals they stated that "Any proposal should consider the technology and geological characteristics needed to capture and sequester 10% of total CO2 produced and what would be needed to capture and sequester 50% of total CO2 produced." In an open letter to their trustees NYPA notes that NRG's plans include an "option to design the plant to be CO2 capture ready from day one of operation". However, it has not yet been determined if carbon capture and storage is even possible in New York. The New York State Museum, which houses the New York Geological Survey, is currently only in the initial stages of characterizing the geology of New York in relation to carbon sequestration options. The results of their study to determine the feasibility of carbon sequestration in New York will not be released until 2009. If this project to is live up to NYPA's promise for a "clean coal" facility, planning and construction should be postponed until state scientists confirm that there is actually a place to sequester the carbon that is captured.

* Finance information is provided by Rainforest Action Network.
** Estimated CO2 output is provided by Carma.

When not otherwise specified, plant size is in megawatts (MW).