The New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) has approved a proposed 1,000MW natural gas-fired power plant in the town of Denver, US.
To be located in Dutchess County, the generating facility is expected to provide cost-effective electricity with lower emissions than many existing power plants.
The commission has granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Cricket Valley Energy Center to build a combined cycle, natural gas-fired plant on an inactive industrial site.
In addition, the company will build two 700ft-long overhead 345kV transmission lines, which will help to interconnect the facility with a 345kV power line of Consolidated Edison Company of New York.
Cricket Valley Energy Center said its new power plant is in line with the current State Energy Plan and advances recommendations of Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint.
The proposed plant "could replace older, dirtier generating stations power plants and help to displace some of their harmful greenhouse gas emissions," the company noted.
The project is expected to create 300 construction jobs, and 28 permanent jobs during operation. Construction works are likely to begin in 2014.
Cricket Valley is an affiliate of Switzerland-based Advanced Power. Marubeni Power International owns a 20% interest in Cricket Valley.
The latest project is a joint effort by Advanced Power and GE Energy. GE will manufacture the steam turbine, gas turbines, and generators for the project.