If three natural gas-fueled power plants don’t get built by 2023, two years after Indian Point is set to shut down, the Lower Hudson Valley will need to get electricity from somewhere else, according to the agency that manages the state’s power grid.
Environmental advocates say decreasing demand will eliminate the need for those power plants.
However, the Lower Hudson Valley will need as much as 600 additional megawatts by 2027, if three planned projects are not completed, according to a report issued last week by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Those projects are not without opponents or obstacles.
In August, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied permits for a pipeline that would supply natural gas to the CPV plant, though that decision was overturned two weeks later by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.