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Brookhaven Allows Company to Pursue Plan for New Caithness Power Plant

SOURCE: Newsday
AUTHOR: Carl MacGowan
DATE: July 13, 2018

 

Caithness Long Island can continue pursuing a plan to build a 600-megawatt power plant in Yaphank after the Brookhaven Town Board on Thursday lifted restrictions on the project. Click here to read more »

Caithness Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to 26 Area High School Students

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship has awarded more than $326,000 to 275 graduates from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford High Schools since 2007 

YAPHANK, NY  June 28, 2018    Caithness Long Island, LLC, recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 26 seniors graduating from Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford high schools who are planning to further their studies in science, engineering, or the environment. Since establishing the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship in 2007, Caithness has granted a total more than $326,000 to 275 students at the three high schools, which are near the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Yaphank. Click here to read more »

Caithness Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to 22 Area High School Students

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship has awarded $25,000 to 22 graduating seniors from Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford High Schools for their continued education in science, engineering or environmental studies

YAPHANK, NY  June 16, 2017    Caithness Long Island, LLC, today announced that it has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 22 seniors graduating from Bellport, Longwood and Patchogue-Medford high schools. Since its establishment in 2007, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship program has granted a total of $300,000 in financial assistance to 253 students at the three high schools, which are near the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power station in Yaphank. Click here to read more »

Prestigious Research Organization’s Study Concludes that Modern Natural Gas Power Plants are Needed to Integrate Renewable Energy Resources

White paper says renewable energy won’t work without fast-ramping natural gas plants to provide backup to meet demand when renewable resources are not available 

YAPHANK, NY  September 7, 2016  Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a leading nonprofit economic research organization, concluded, in a recently released white paper, that when intermittent and non-dispatchable renewable energy resources such as solar and wind resources are added to electric utility systems, the systems require additional, fast-reacting fossil-fueled generation that can respond quickly to rapid changes that occur in the output of the solar and wind resources. The NEBR white paper further concluded that renewables and fast-reacting fossil technologies appear as highly complementary and that they should be jointly installed to meet the goals of cutting emissions and ensuring a stable supply. Click here to read more »

Caithness I Starts Eighth Year of Operation; CO2 Emissions Reduced by Three Million Tons

Yaphank power plant is the region’s cleanest, most energy-efficient plant,
eliminates as much CO2 emissions as 500 megawatts of solar 

YAPHANK, NY  August 24, 2016  Caithness I, the first power plant at the Caithness Long Island Energy Center in Yaphank, has substantially decreased the region’s carbon footprint and has been more effective in this regard than any other single action the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has undertaken. Click here to read more »

State Supreme Court Dismisses Village of Port Jefferson Lawsuit Against Caithness II Power Plant Project and Brookhaven IDA

Second time a NY Court rules against Port Jefferson’s efforts to block Caithness II 

YAPHANK, NY  August 11, 2016  A New York State Supreme Court judge has once again ruled against the Village of Port Jefferson in its efforts to block the Caithness II power plant project in Yaphank. Justice Jerry Garguilo dismissed Port Jefferson’s lawsuit seeking to annul the Town of Brookhaven’s Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA) approval of a 25-year agreement under which the IDA and Caithness II agreed upon payments that would be made by the project to the Town.

For several years, the Village and the Port Jefferson School District have sought to block Caithness II out of a concern that if the plant were built, the Port Jefferson power plant might no longer be needed. In 2015, the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) ratepayers paid $27.6 million in property taxes on the now obsolete Port Jefferson plant, built in the 1950s, a substantial portion of which went to the Village of Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson School District. Tax assessments on the plant are among the very highest in the country per megawatt of capacity and the extraordinarily high tax assessments for the Port Jefferson plant and other similar plants on Long Island have long been identified as one of the major reasons why Long Island’s electric rates are among the highest in the nation. In contrast, the IDA agreement with Caithness II that Port Jefferson sought to annul calls for payments averaging $19 million per year for a plant that is brand new; one- third more efficient, and twice the size of the Port Jefferson plant.

In its July 14, 2016, ruling, the Court held that the Village lacked legal standing to bring the case and that its allegation that the IDA failed to have a quorum present at the subject public hearing was invalid. The Court noted that the Village failed to prove that the Caithness II project would cause any environmental or economic injury, beyond mere speculation or conjecture. In May 2015, the Court similarly dismissed another lawsuit brought by the Village of Port Jefferson challenging the Town of Brookhaven’s environmental review and approval of the Caithness II project. In that ruling, the Court also held that the Village failed to show its claims that Caithness II would harm the Village were without merit and based solely on speculation and conjecture.

It is ironic that the Village challenged the environmental review of the 750 MW Caithness II project. The Port Jefferson plant, which the Village is seeking to protect, emits 50% more greenhouse gasses, 50 times more nitrogen oxides, and ten times more carbon monoxide per megawatt hour of power generated than would Caithness II. Furthermore, the Port Jefferson plant uses water from the Long Island Sound for cooling, a system that is no longer permitted to be installed on new plants because it kills substantial numbers of fish and fish larvae.

Although the Village would like to have a new plant constructed at the site of the Port Jefferson plant so that it can continue receiving tax payments, no proposal for such a plant was submitted when LIPA last requested proposals for new generation despite LIPA’s extending the time period for responses specifically so that such proposals could be prepared. The Port Jefferson plant site is highly constrained, necessitating design modifications that would complicate the permitting of a facility there and add significantly to the cost of constructing a new plant at that location, considerations that may have dissuaded the plant’s owner from submitting a bid for a new plant.

Caithness is pleased with the State Supreme Court’s ruling that the Village of Port Jefferson lacked the legal standing to challenge the legitimate actions of the Brookhaven Industrial Agency on the Caithness Long Island II project, said Ross D. Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC. Over the 25-year life of the project, Caithness will pay more than $446 million in lieu of taxes to local municipalities, and save LIPA ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs, among other significant economic and environmental benefits.

The Caithness II project has received many of the required environmental and municipal approvals to begin construction, which is expected to take 30-months to build while creating 500 local construction jobs. Caithness is awaiting the PSEG-LI integrated resource plan review to see how it values the significant contribution the new plant can make to saving ratepayers significant fuel charges, improving the air and significantly lowering CO2 emissions which contributes to climate change, and allowing for the successful integration of renewable energy by having a state-of-the-art plant that can cycle quickly and efficiently to back up the intermittency of renewable power production.

About Caithness Long Island II, LLC
Caithness Long Island II, 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.

 

Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com

Caithness Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to 25 Area High School Students

Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship Benefits Students from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford High Schools 

YAPHANK, NY  June 13, 2016  Caithness Long Island, LLC, has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 25 graduating seniors from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford high schools who will be pursuing college studies in science, engineering or the environment. Click here to read more »

Decision Supporting Caithness II Upheld by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 FERC rejects PSEG-LI’s latest obstacle to clean, low-cost power, and economic development on Long Island when it denied its request for a rehearing killing an attempt to stick an additional billion dollars in project costs onto Caithness II 

YAPHANK, NY  March 18, 2016  Amidst Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented efforts to improve New York’s infrastructure, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) removed an obstacle to fulfilling modernization of the Long Island electric grid. Yesterday, FERC rejected PSEG-LI’s request for rehearing FERC’s September 30th decision that rejected PSEG-LI’s criteria for determining the electric transmission upgrades required to reliably and safely interconnect new, clean, and efficient generation facilities on Long Island. FERC found PSEG-LI’s guidelines violate FERC’s Orders and the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) tariffs (Caithness Long Island II, LLC v. New York Independent System Operator, Inc.). FERC’s most recent decision is a further repudiation of the special transmission interconnection requirements that PSEG-LI added onto the standard NYISO criteria for determining the upgrades required to connect power plants and undermines PSEG LI’s invalid and unsupported claims that Caithness II would increase electric rates on Long Island. Click here to read more »

LI’s Cleanest Power-Generating Plant to Become Even Cleaner, Helping to Address the Critical Issue of Climate Change

LONG ISLAND’S CLEANEST POWER-GENERATING PLANT TO BECOME EVEN CLEANER, HELPING TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

NYSERDA contract with Caithness will improve regional air quality by reducing greenhouse gases, consistent with Governor Cuomo’s call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

Reduced emissions will also save LIPA ratepayers millions of dollars in emissions credit costs

YAPHANK, NY  January 4, 2016  Caithness Long Island, LLC, owner of the 350-megawatt (MW), combined-cycle, natural-gas-fired Caithness Long Island Energy Center, has been awarded a contract through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The NYSERDA award is consistent with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent pledge to lead the nation in addressing climate change, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% from 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% by 2050. The Governor was joined by former Vice President Al Gore on October 8, 2015, in announcing new actions to reduce greenhouse gas. Click here to read more »

Landmark Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Ruling Supports Caithness II

 Decision finds that PSEG-LI criteria to determine transmission upgrades needed for Caithness II were unnecessarily stringent and violated NYISO tariffs; required interconnection upgrades will cost far less using proper criteria 

YAPHANK, NY  October 2, 2015  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the principal energy regulatory body in the United States, has ruled that PSEG Long Island’s (PSEG LI) criteria for determining the electric transmission upgrades required to reliably and safely interconnect new generation facilities violate FERC’s Orders and the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) tariffs. FERC’s decision (Caithness Long Island II, LLC v. New York Independent System Operator, Inc.) is a repudiation of the special transmission interconnection requirements that PSEG-LI had added onto the standard NYISO criteria for determining the upgrades required to connect power plants and undermines PSEG LI’s invalid and unsupported claims that Caithness II would increase electric rates on Long Island.

The rejected PSEG-LI criteria would have required the Caithness II project to incur hundreds of millions of dollars in transmission upgrade costs to safely and reliably connect the new plant to Long Island’s electric grid. As a result of this decision, there will only be minimal transmission upgrade costs, and the Long Island electric ratepayers will reap the benefits. Indeed, a study by General Electric Consulting has previously found that, due to its high efficiency, Caithness II is expected to save Long Island an average of $192 million annually or over a billion dollars in wholesale energy costs over the first six full years of operation under the Caithness proposal that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) management previously selected in connection with LIPA’s 2010 Request for Proposals.

“Not only is this ruling a victory for Caithness II, it is a triumph for Long Island ratepayers,” said Ross Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC. PSEG-LI has been blocking Caithness II with false claims about high transmission costs to connect Caithness to the electric grid and claims about an approximately 6% increase in rate hike without any supporting documentation. The reality is that Caithness II would save ratepayers money, provide much needed economic development, hundreds of jobs and increased tax revenues to support Long Island’s schools, libraries, fire districts and local government. The new plant will also substantially reduce Long Island’s imports of expensive off-island electricity from power plants owned by PSEG and others in New Jersey, Connecticut and upstate New York, as well as significantly reduce air and water pollution from the old, inefficient plants on Long Island.

LIPA management selected Caithness II in 2013 for its value to Long Island ratepayers and the environment. It is a combined-cycle 750-MW natural gas-fired plant that will be built adjacent to the existing Caithness facility in Yaphank. PSEG-LI recommended that the project be put on hold in August 2014. Caithness II has widespread support from environmental, business, government and labor leaders, and is expected to save ratepayers in excess of $192 million in annual electricity costs, in addition to creating significant environmental and economic benefits.

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 atwww.caithnesslongisland.com.

 

Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd
516-330-1647
westendstrategies@gmail.com





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