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Dunkirk Steam Station is a coal-fired power plant situated on an 84 acre site on Lake Erie in Dunkirk, New York, about 50 miles southwest of Buffalo. The station was acquired by NRG, Inc. in 1999. New York State officials approved a plan in 2014 to repower Dunkirk with natural gas, a move that’s expected to lower both fuel costs and pollution.
The 600-megawatt Dunkirk plant consists of four coal-fired units that went into operation between 1950 and 1960. As of December 2013, however, the plant only operated one unit due to the high cost of coal.
In 2012, NRG filed a notice of intent with the New York State Public Service Commission to shut down all four units over cost concerns, but a $140 million agreement between NRG and utility provider National Grid to repower Dunkirk with natural gas ultimately saved the plant, along with around 70 jobs and considerable tax revenue. NRG is the largest taxpayer in Chautauqua County and is responsible for more than 40 percent of Dunkirk’s annual property tax revenue.
Environmental group the Sierra Club and a community group called the Ratepayer and Community Intervenors responded to the plan by filing a lawsuit seeking to put the natural gas conversion plan on hold. The suit claims that taxpayer subsidies for the project will result in unnecessarily high electric bills for customers and that the environmental review of the plan was flawed.
Years of Operation: 1950-Present
Address: Dunkirk, New York