In October 2012, after a rigorous review by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) during the State Environmental Quality Review, which included an extensive and robust public engagement process, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) was accepted and approved. The plant is now complete and operational.
An EIS is a detailed and comprehensive review that closely examines the environmental effects, impacts on human and community resources and economic considerations of proposed actions. It is designed to keep the government and public fully informed about factors related to proposed actions, and is prepared in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
The natural gas-fired facility uses state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible combustion turbine technology, and is among the most efficient energy producers in New York, generating electricity for nearly one million homes.
The facility uses a zero-liquid discharge system so that no water is released to the area surrounding the site, as well as a stormwater management plan that includes native landscaping and rain gardens to minimize rainfall runoff.
As part of New York State’s effort to strengthen the electric grid across the State, CVEC was required to increase transmission capacity, redundancy, and operational capabilities by funding and installing a transmission line in the existing Con Edison right-of-way between the Town of Dover and the Con Edison substation in the Town of Pleasant Valley. Additionally, CVEC was required to re-conductor a 3.4 mile segment of Line 398 in the same right-of-way, between the CVEC substation and the New York-Connecticut border. The project is now complete and operational.