Yaphank power plant produced more energy in 2010 and 2011 than other units, saving tens of millions of dollars in fuel costs while being the cleanest and most water conserving power plant serving LI
YAPHANK, NY — August 13, 2012 — The Caithness Long Island Energy Center (Caithness) generated nearly twice as much electricity over the past two years than any other unit on Long Island and did so producing far fewer emissions than allowed under its environmental permits. During its first two full calendar year of operations the plant generated over 19% of all the electricity produced on Long Island for the Long Island Power Authority and was available more than 98% of the time to serve LIPA's customers.
These and other highlights of the facility's operations were announced by Caithness Long Island, LLC, the developer and owner of the Yaphank-based generating plant, marking the third anniversary of Long Island's newest power generating facility. Caithness, which began commercial operations on August 1, 2009, is the first major base load plant to be built on Long Island in over 35 years.
"Over the past three years of operation the Caithness plant has been providing LIPA and its ratepayers with safe, reliable power, produced in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner," said Ross D. Ain, President of Caithness Long Island, LLC. "Caithness remains the cleanest, most efficient and most water conserving power plant on Long Island."
Some of the significant highlights of the plant's operations during 2010 and 2011 were:
- Caithness produced more energy in 2010 and 2011 than any other generating unit on Long Island. 19.3% of all the energy generated by units on Long Island under contract to LIPA was generated by the Yaphank facility.
- Due to its high efficiency, Caithness has saved LIPA's ratepayers tens of millions of dollars in fuel and other costs in 2010 and 2011 by replacing what would have been generated by the older, less efficient plants on Long Island.
- Caithness's air emissions are less than half of the amount allowed by its air permit, which is one of the strictest for any power plant operating in New York State.
- Nitrogen oxide (NOx) is 50% below permit levels.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are 74% below permit levels.
- Carbon monoxide (CO) levels are 91% below permit levels.
About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New
York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the
development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at: www.caithnesslongisland.com.
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