Statement on DEC Permit for Pouch Terminal
February 20, 2001
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is pleased by the DECs issuance of this
The Power Authority has now received permits for all seven sites at which it will
install small, clean gas-turbine generators to help stave
off California-style blackouts and electricity price spikes in New York City and on Long
Island this summer. NYPA is moving ahead quickly to assure that these units11 in
allwill be ready in time to meet warm-weather needs.
As at the other sites, NYPA has pledged to the DEC that it will offset any
emissionshowever smallfrom the Pouch Terminal unit through a "zero net
emissions" program. As with the other units, the Power Authority will invest an
additional $5 million at Pouch Terminal for the most advanced available controls for air
emissions and noise.
These measures are in keeping with the Power Authoritys already ambitious
programs to protect the environment in New York City and throughout the state. NYPA has
invested close to $300 million in the city alone for such
as its High Efficiency Lighting Program (HELP), installation of more than 100,000
super-efficient refrigerators in city-owned apartments and removal of polluting
coal-burning furnaces from 78 public schools.
In Staten Island, HELP beneficiaries include such facilities as Borough Hall; Susan E.
Wagner, New Dorp, Tottenville and Curtis high schools; the City University College of
Staten Island; and New York City Transits Yukon and Castleton bus depots. Also in
Staten Island, NYPA has removed coal-burning furnaces at PS 19, 39, 45 and 46 and at McKee
Vocational High School.