YAPHANK, NYÂ June 12, 2014Â Â Caithness Long Island, LLCÂ (Caithness), the owner/operator of the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant in Yaphank, has expressed support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposed regulations intended to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants. Last year, Caithness Long Island II, LLC was named the finalist by LIPA to build Caithness II, a 750 MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired power plant on industrial zoned property adjacent to the existing Caithness facility.
The EPA’s draft greenhouse gas emissions rule seeks to establish state goals, in the form of emission rates (pound of CO2 per net megawatt-hour, on an adjusted output-weighted-average basis). The existing Caithness Long Island Energy Center and the proposed Caithness II plant will both be among the most efficient fossil fueled plants in New York State, thereby producing substantially less CO2 emissions than other fossil fueled plants generating electricity in the New York State. Combined, both Caithness plants will significantly contribute to New York’s ability to meet the statewide standards under the proposed regulations.
“We support the direction of the program to reduce global warming gases and take actions against man-made causes of climate change,” said Ross D. Ain, president of Caithness Long Island, LLC. “It is consistent with our business activities in developing renewable energy projects and state-of-the-art clean natural gas-fired projects which helps to reduce the electric industry’s production of carbon dioxide in the production of power.”
Caithness has long supported efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through its portfolio of energy projects. A leading independent generating company, Caithness has developed, operated and owned interests in a number of clean energy projects including developing more than 2000 MW generated by natural gas-fired turbines, 1285 MW in wind energy (including Caithness Shepherds Flat, an 845 MW facility in northern Oregon, which is the largest land-based wind farm in the U.S.), 330 MW of geothermal power and 160 MW in solar energy generation.
About Caithness Long Island II, LLC
Caithness Long Island II, LLC is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, L.L.C., 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:Â www.caithnesslongisland.com.