Public Hearing Scheduled on Staten Island for
Generating Plant at Pouch Terminal
January 4, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORKThe New York Power Authority (NYPA) has applied for an air-quality permit
for a small gas turbine-generator at a site on Staten Island that will be the subject of a public hearing later
this month by the state
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at P.S. 13 at 191 Vermont Ave. on Staten
Last month, the DEC held similar hearings on turbine generators identical to the one
planned for Staten Island. NYPA is undertaking work for the installation, by June 1, of a
total of 10 such generators in various parts of New York City, including Staten Island, to
ensure the city has reliable electricity service this summer.
The state Department of Public Service
has cited "an urgent and compelling need" for at least 315 megawatts (mw) of
additional generating capacity in the city and has said that it is "prudent and
highly desirable" that still more capacity be installed there. Each of the turbine generators planned by NYPA
will be 44 mw.
The Power Authority trustees have authorized the acquisition from the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority of the designated Staten Island site, known as Pouch Terminal. The property is bordered on the northeast by
Edgewater Street, on the northwest by Lynhurst Avenue and on the southwest by Bay Street.
The site replaces another Staten Island location that NYPA had been considering on
Virginia Avenue, adjacent to Con Edisons Fox Hills substation.
An environmental assessment of the new Staten Island site is available for review at
the boroughs Stapleton library at 132 Canal St.
NYPA is investing a total of $55 million$5 million per unitfor advanced
pollution and noise controls for the 10 new generators, as well as for another that it has
proposed for Long Island.