Based on an assessment by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the Western New York electrical system will not be affected if either Dunkirk or Huntley station closes, according to the New York Public Service Commission.
The NYISO monitors reliability of the state’s power system and coordinates daily operations to distribute the power supply.
Dunkirk is expected to close by year’s end.
Huntley station is scheduled to close by March 1, 2016; however, according to the NY PSC, the NYISO assessment determined there could be a reliability need for Huntley if the National Grid’s planned transmission upgrades are delayed. In that case, Huntley would remain in operation until alternatives are put into service, according to the PSC.