So, the amazing new project at NRG that was going to bring new clean coal technology to WNY, create thousands of construction jobs and help launch our rebirth has been taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery by the Power Authority. OK, who honestly didn't see this coming.
No matter what you read today, this outcome was obvious from the beginning back in 2006 when a tired Pataki Administration deemed the Huntley Plant in the Town of Tonawanda the winner of a taxpayer-funded sweepstakes to build a clean coal plant.
Actually, it was NYPA's call and NYPA actually punted. Rather than designate NRG the winner, they said they would continue to work with NRG to make the Huntley project feasible. That was doublespeak for lets make an announcement of a project that will never happen.
The fact is:
1) NRG didn't have the technology to do what they wanted
2) It was way too expensive and NYPA knew it from the get-go
3) Pataki would be out of office in a few weeks and the new governor wasn't going to be saddled with this.
4) Spitzer and now Paterson's team of enviros HATE coal plants, even if they are clean.
The fact is, the AES plant in Somerset had a sound technology and a workable plan. AES should have been given that award and people would be working today on that plant. Many believed at the time that NYPA didn't want a viable project and that's why AES was passed over for NRG.
Just add this to the list in ways in which the New York Power Authority screws Niagara County and all of WNY.