Statement by NYPA Chairman Louis
P. Ciminelli on State Siting Board Approval
of NYPA Application for 500 Megawatt Power Project in Queens
October 1, 2002
The approval of NYPA’s application for this clean, new state-of-the-art power plant
is a major step in continuing efforts to improve New York City’s air quality
while striving to assure reliable electricity capacity in the years ahead.
The new plant will be among the cleanest sources of power in the city and
will lead to the closing of our Poletti Power Project, a 25-year-old power
plant at the same site in Astoria, Queens.
Last month, Governor Pataki announced the historic agreement among
environmental groups, local officials and the Power Authority to support the
clean, new facility, shut down the older plant and increase the Power
Authority’s investments in energy efficiency and clean energy projects in
Queens and throughout New York City.
As a result of these significant collaborative efforts,
we will enhance environmental quality as we work to provide reliable
supplies of electricity for New York.