CPV Power Plant Permit in Question


By Editors of Power Engineering

The permitting process for the CPV Valley Energy Center is under scrutiny after federal prosecutors accused a former aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of taking bribes from a former executive of the plant’s developer, Competitive Power Ventures, The Times Herald-Record reported last week.

The 650-MW, $900 million combined cycle natural gas-fired plant is under construction south of Middletown, New York, in Wawayanda.  Charges filed Thursday accuse Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo, of soliciting $287,000 in bribes from former CPV executive Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr.

Percoco and Kelly have pleaded not guilty to the charges, the newspaper reported.

State and local officials are calling on State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to launch an investigation into the permitting process. Others called for a halt in the project’s construction and a cancellation of CPV’s tax-break agreement, the paper reported.

The Valley Energy Center features two F-class gas turbines. Using an air-cooled design, the plant will use just 21,000 gallons of water each day. That’s a fraction of the amount of water used by conventional wet-cooled designs. What’s more, the plant will use recycled water from a nearby wastewater treatment facility.

The plant will be able to generate enough electricity to power more than 650,000 homes, according to CPV. The 2-on-1 combined cycle plant is expected to begin commercial production of power in February 2018. 

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