The Port Jefferson power station is an existing brownfield site with existing transmission exit capacity, unlike Caithness. The new re-powered plant would be in the range of 350 MW. Since the plant would be torn down and replaced with similar capacity, by definition there is adequate transmission interconnection. Caithness would require an additional environmental and cost impact since interconnection would be required.
The PJ plant is currently operating on natural gas and thus 350 MW of gas transmission capacity already exists. In recent years, National Grid/KeySpan indicated that for repowering there may be a need to install a booster capacity on the gas line- not a new gas transmission line. Another cost and environmental savings.
The Caithness EIS erroneously concluded acceptable environmental impacts but was deficient in many areas and other alternatives were not adequately considered- like re-powering. It is obvious that from an “environmental impact” point of view, PJ would score much better since it is not destroying a greenfield, needs no new electric transmission and needs no new gas supply line.
Port Jeff and other organized groups and Long Island rate payers alike are fighting Caithness II and sending letters petitioning the Public Service Commissioner and the Governor’s office to either downgrade CII or abandon the project altogether to ensure not only the repowering of our plant here in Port Jefferson, but to also save the environment, Long Islands natural resources, natural habitats, water supply, air quality and the rate payers the expense of another Shoreham debacle.
Help us now!
Download the attached letters and send them to the Public Service Commissioner, and the Governor’s office today! Sign your name and complete an envelope with your return address. Every letter will be registered and every letter COUNTS!
– Mayor Margot Garant