DATED: September 7, 2016

SOURCE: Innovateli.com

Future fossil: The natural gas-fired Caithness II power plant proposed for Yaphank may be Long Island’s best renewable-energy hope.

As renewable programs struggle to set a new national energy tone, the Long Island-based subsidiary of a major independent power producer is lauding a new international study calling for greater collaborations between renewable sources and “fast-reacting fossil-fueled generation.” Continue reading “Proposed Plant Applauds Renewable/Fossil Study” »


— White paper says renewable energy won’t work without fast-ramping natural gas plants to provide backup to meet demand when renewable resources are not available —

YAPHANK, NY — September 7, 2016 — Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a leading nonprofit economic research organization, concluded, in a recently released white paper, that when intermittent and non-dispatchable renewable energy resources such as solar and wind resources are added to electric utility systems, the systems require additional, fast-reacting fossil-fueled generation that can respond quickly to rapid changes that occur in the output of the solar and wind resources. The NEBR white paper further concluded that “renewables and fast-reacting fossil technologies appear as highly complementary and that they should be jointly installed to meet the goals of cutting emissions and ensuring a stable supply.”

New gas-fired, combined-cycle power plants, such as the proposed 750 megawatt (MW) Caithness II project, are specifically designed to be able to ramp up and down quickly to changes in customer demand and generation supply, while also being highly fuel efficient.  Indeed, the Caithness II project can start up quickly (it can achieve 620 MW in 45 minutes), can rapidly change its output at up to 34 MW per minute, and takes only 32 minutes to shut down from full load.  The Caithness II plant can thus readily support the integration of substantial additional renewables on the Long Island electric system that are planned to be added to meet the Governor’s goal to provide 50 percent of the State’s electricity from renewable resources by 2030.

Notably, unless rapid ramping, gas-fired, combined-cycle plants, such as Caithness II, are added to the system, the old, inefficient and polluting combustion turbines (“peaking units”) on the Long Island electric system will need to be used far more extensively, thereby undercutting the goal of reducing the use of fossil fuel and the emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. The old Port Jefferson, Northport, and Barrett steam plants take considerable time to start up and shut down and change their output, and thus cannot support the integration of renewables.

The NBER report, “Bridging the Gap:  Do Fast Reacting Fossil Technologies Facilitate Renewable Energy Diffusion?”, was conducted by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Italy, in collaboration with the French Economic Observatory, and Syracuse University. The study looked at wind, solar and other renewable energy plants across 26 countries between 1990 and 2013. Researchers found important synergies between renewable energy resources and fast-reacting natural gas plants.

“Essentially, what the study concluded is that renewable energy won’t work without adding modern, fast-reacting, natural gas plants to provide power when the sun isn’t shining, or the wind isn’t blowing,” said Ross Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC, a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, a leading developer of clean, reliable energy, including Caithness Shepherds Flat, one of the world’s largest wind farms, located in Arlington, Oregon. “Natural gas continues to be an essential ‘bridge fuel’ that represents the best support in attaining aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, and gas-fired, combined-cycle plants, such as the Caithness II project, do so in an economical and environmentally beneficial manner.”  Caithness has also developed a number of solar and geothermal projects, in addition to several natural gas-fired, combined-cycle plants, including the 350 MW Caithness I facility in Yaphank.

Since commencing commercial operations in August 2009, the Caithness I combined-cycle plant has substantially decreased the region’s carbon footprint and reduced regional carbon emissions by three million tons, making it the most effective single action undertaken by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to address the global issue of climate change.

“The results of the NBER study are significant, especially in light of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s pledge to lead the nation in addressing climate change, and reducing, by 2030, greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels,” added Mr. Ain. “Modern, gas-fired generating facilities will greatly enhance New York State’s efforts in attaining those important goals.”

About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com

 

 


— Yaphank power plant is the region’s cleanest, most energy-efficient plant,
eliminates as much CO2 emissions as 500 megawatts of solar —

YAPHANK, NY — August 24, 2016 — Caithness I, the first power plant at the Caithness Long Island Energy Center in Yaphank, has substantially decreased the region’s carbon footprint and has been more effective in this regard than any other single action the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has undertaken.

Due to its high efficiency, Caithness I displaces generation from older generating units that would use far more fuel and, because Caithness I burns considerably less fuel, greenhouse gas emissions are greatly reduced. In the seven years since it went online, Caithness I has cut regional carbon dioxide emissions by three million tons. On an annual basis, it reduces 14 times more greenhouse gas emissions than the 32 megawatt (MW) Long Island Solar Farm at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Caithness I has enabled LIPA to retire two antiquated power plants that were built in the 1950s, helping to modernize Long Island’s generating system. The retired plants emitted 50 percent more greenhouse gasses and fifty times more NOx emissions per unit of electricity generated than Caithness I. Using “once-through” cooling systems, the decommissioned plants used water from the Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean for condensing steam. The use of these systems resulted in high fish mortality rates, with hundreds of thousands of fish and millions of fish larvae killed each year. Because it uses an air-cooled condenser, Caithness I uses no marine water and kills no fish or larvae.

The savings to LIPA in capacity payments and property taxes associated with the closed plants, together with the substantial fuel cost savings to LIPA resulting from the significantly higher efficiency of Caithness I, has more than offset the LIPA payments for capacity, property taxes, and fuel for Caithness I. As a result, LIPA’s overall costs of generation are lower than they would have been without Caithness I.

In the fall of 2015, the Caithness I plant had its first major scheduled overhaul. Caithness took advantage of the outage opportunity to improve efficiency and output, and reduce emissions below the already low levels at which Caithness I has operated for the past six years. Approximately 250 workers, including Long Island-based electricians, pipefitters, millwrights, boilermakers, and insulation and scaffold specialists, were on the site for the nine-week duration of the overhaul, which was completed in early December. Since the completion of the major outage, and except for a brief scheduled outage in the spring, Caithness I has operated continuously to provide LIPA with reliable, environmentally-friendly, low-cost energy.  The next major overhaul is scheduled for 2021.

Being the newest and most efficient generating unit on Long Island, Caithness I has been dispatched at a very high capacity factor. Over the past six years, the annual capacity factor of the plant has averaged 75 percent. Correspondingly, old plants that are still part of the generating mix were operated at far lower capacity factors, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions as well as reduced fish and larvae kills.

Caithness continues to make progress on the development of Caithness II, the 750 MW combined-cycle plant to be co-located with Caithness I at the Yaphank site. In an important ruling in September of 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sided with Caithness against PSEG-Long Island regarding how transmission upgrade requirements for Caithness II should be evaluated. Using the procedures that FERC calls for, only minimal transmission upgrades would be necessary to connect the Caithness II plant to the grid for the purpose of power sales on an “energy-only” basis. Separately, the cost to interconnect the new plant into the LIPA transmission system, and allowing for its full deliverability throughout Long Island,  has been reduced from earlier estimates of up to $1 billion to a now fully-vetted estimate of less than $170 million. As a consequence, the overall costs to LIPA’s ratepayers of Caithness II are significantly less than earlier estimates. When combined with retirements of older units that would be enabled by Caithness II, and the savings in annual fuel costs, the overall effect of the plant would be to lower LIPA’s cost of generating power.

Caithness II has been granted many of the required environmental and municipal approvals necessary to begin construction. If LIPA makes a decision to proceed with the plant this year, it could be online in approximately 30 months from the start of construction. PSEG has again delayed issuing its Integrated Resource Plan, and it is not clear when such a decision might be made.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com

 

 


—Second time a NY Court rules against Port Jefferson’s efforts to block Caithness II —

YAPHANK, NY ― August 11, 2016 ― A New York State Supreme Court judge has once again ruled against the Village of Port Jefferson in its efforts to block the Caithness II power plant project in Yaphank.  Justice Jerry Garguilo dismissed Port Jefferson’s lawsuit seeking to annul the Town of Brookhaven’s Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA) approval of a 25-year agreement under which the IDA and Caithness II agreed upon payments that would be made by the project to the Town.

For several years, the Village and the Port Jefferson School District have sought to block Caithness II out of a concern that if the plant were built, the Port Jefferson power plant might no longer be needed. In 2015, the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) ratepayers paid $27.6 million in property taxes on the now obsolete Port Jefferson plant, built in the 1950s, a substantial portion of which went to the Village of Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson School District.  Tax assessments on the plant are among the very highest in the country per megawatt of capacity and the extraordinarily high tax assessments for the Port Jefferson plant and other similar plants on Long Island have long been identified as one of the major reasons why Long Island’s electric rates are among the highest in the nation. In contrast, the IDA agreement with Caithness II that Port Jefferson sought to annul calls for payments averaging $19 million per year for a plant that is brand new; one- third more efficient, and twice the size of the Port Jefferson plant.

In its July 14, 2016, ruling, the Court held that the Village lacked legal standing to bring the case and that its allegation that the IDA failed to have a quorum present at the subject public hearing was invalid. The Court noted that the Village failed to prove that the Caithness II project would cause any environmental or economic injury, beyond “mere speculation or conjecture.” In May 2015, the Court similarly dismissed another lawsuit brought by the Village of Port Jefferson challenging the Town of Brookhaven’s environmental review and approval of the Caithness II project. In that ruling, the Court also held that the Village failed to show its claims that Caithness II would harm the Village were without merit and based solely on “speculation and conjecture.”

It is ironic that the Village challenged the environmental review of the 750 MW Caithness II project. The Port Jefferson plant, which the Village is seeking to protect, emits 50% more greenhouse gasses, 50 times more nitrogen oxides, and ten times more carbon monoxide per megawatt hour of power generated than would Caithness II. Furthermore, the Port Jefferson plant uses water from the Long Island Sound for cooling, a system that is no longer permitted to be installed on new plants because it kills substantial numbers of fish and fish larvae.

Although the Village would like to have a new plant constructed at the site of the Port Jefferson plant so that it can continue receiving tax payments, no proposal for such a plant was submitted when LIPA last requested proposals for new generation despite LIPA’s extending the time period for responses specifically so that such proposals could be prepared. The Port Jefferson plant site is highly constrained, necessitating design modifications that would complicate the permitting of a facility there and add significantly to the cost of constructing a new plant at that location, considerations that may have dissuaded the plant’s owner from submitting a bid for a new plant.

“Caithness is pleased with the State Supreme Court’s ruling that the Village of Port Jefferson lacked the legal standing to challenge the legitimate actions of the Brookhaven Industrial Agency on the Caithness Long Island II project,” said Ross D. Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC. “Over the 25-year life of the project, Caithness will pay more than $446 million in lieu of taxes to local municipalities, and save LIPA ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs, among other significant economic and environmental benefits.” 

The Caithness II project has received many of the required environmental and municipal approvals to begin construction, which is expected to take 30-months to build while creating 500 local construction jobs. Caithness is awaiting the PSEG-LI integrated resource plan review to see how it values the significant contribution the new plant can make to saving ratepayers significant fuel charges, improving the air and significantly lowering CO2 emissions which contributes to climate change, and allowing for the successful integration of renewable energy by having a state-of-the-art plant that can cycle quickly and efficiently to back up the intermittency of renewable power production.

About Caithness Long Island II, LLC
Caithness Long Island II, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held,
New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a
pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact:  Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
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—Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship Benefits Students from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford High Schools —

YAPHANK, NY — June 13, 2016 —  Caithness Long Island, LLC, has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 25 graduating seniors from Bellport, Longwood, and Patchogue-Medford high schools who will be pursuing college studies in science, engineering or the environment.

Since establishing the Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship in 2007, the company has provided more than $275,000 in financial assistance to 231 students at the three high schools, which are in proximity to the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-megawatt, natural gas-fired power-generating plant in Yaphank.

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship recipients are chosen by their local school districts based on academic achievements, and their interest in furthering their studies in science, engineering or the environment at the college level. The scholarships were presented at senior-awards ceremonies held in June at the three high schools.

“Caithness is pleased to be able to offer financial support to the future generation of scientists, engineers and environmental professionals, and the scholarship program is consistent with our pledge to support education, and the communities in which we operate,” said Ross D. Ain, President, Caithness Long Island, LLC. “All of us at Caithness offer our very best wishes for

the continued academic success of this year’s Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarship recipients.”

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center uses high-tech combined-cycle power generation, and advanced air-cooled technology. Generating more than 20 percent of Long Island’s power, the plant, which began commercial operations in August 2009, is the region’s cleanest, most energy-efficient and water-conserving plant. Because of its high efficiency, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center has saved the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) ratepayers more than $256 million in fuel costs, and reduced CO2 emissions by 2.9 million tons, saving ratepayers more than $9.8 million in emissions-credit costs, based upon emissions’ costs LIPA would have incurred had it relied solely upon its existing fleet of Long Island power plants, most of which are several decades old.

In addition to the annual scholarship program, Caithness’s commitment to education includes internships, job-shadowing programs, and plant tours to teach local students about modern-power-generation technology, affording them the opportunity to consider careers in energy, engineering and related fields. Caithness also supports several environmental organizations and nonprofit groups, and a number of community-based activities throughout the Town of Brookhaven and across Long Island.

The recipients of the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Bellport High School’s Class of 2016 are: Erin Berja; Sarah Dunbar; Madison Edelstein; James Jankowski; Rachel Milia; Elena Porcaro; Natissa Scott; and Afra Seemab.

Longwood High School graduating students receiving the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships are: Jenna Allen; Betty Bruce; Gary Grant; Zachary Johnson; Andrew Kacherski; Meghan Ransford; Carl Schmidt; Yunjie Su; and Jenna Zier.

Graduating seniors receiving the 2016 Caithness Long Island Energy Center Scholarships from Patchogue-Medford High School are:  Nicole Amato; Sidra Butt; Julia Chan; Chase De Luca; Misael Fuentes; Victoria Lawrence; Trevor Okula; and Michael Olsen.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com


— FERC rejects PSEG-LI’s latest obstacle to clean, low-cost power, and economic development on Long Island when it denied its request for a rehearing killing an attempt to stick an additional billion dollars in project costs onto Caithness II —

YAPHANK, NY – March 18, 2016 – Amidst Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented efforts to improve New York’s infrastructure, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) removed an obstacle to fulfilling modernization of the Long Island electric grid. Yesterday, FERC rejected PSEG-LI’s request for rehearing FERC’s September 30th decision that rejected PSEG-LI’s criteria for determining the electric transmission upgrades required to reliably and safely interconnect new, clean, and efficient generation facilities on Long Island. FERC found PSEG-LI’s guidelines violate FERC’s Orders and the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) tariffs (Caithness Long Island II, LLC v. New York Independent System Operator, Inc.). FERC’s most recent decision is a further repudiation of the special transmission interconnection requirements that PSEG-LI added onto the standard NYISO criteria for determining the upgrades required to connect power plants and undermines PSEG LI’s invalid and unsupported claims that Caithness II would increase electric rates on Long Island.

As a result of FERC’s action yesterday, there will only be minimal transmission upgrade costs, and the Long Island electric ratepayers will reap the benefits. Indeed, a study by General Electric Consulting has previously found that, due to its high efficiency, Caithness II is expected to save Long Island ratepayers an average of $192 million annually or over a billion dollars in wholesale energy costs over the first six full years of operation under the Caithness proposal that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) management previously selected out of 45 projects in a competitive solicitation. Then PSEG-LI asked the LIPA board to put the brakes on it.

“PSEG-LI keeps raising obstacles to our clean, efficient project that will save $190 million a year in energy costs, conserve water, reduce emissions, and improve reliability. PSEG-LI’s empty allegations about the costs of Caithness II are an attempt to discredit the project,” said Ross Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC. “PSEG-LI has consistently failed to produce any evidence to back up its claims. Hopefully, this ruling is the final nail in the coffin regarding the alleged high transmission costs needed to connect Caithness II to the electric grid.”

“The reality is that Caithness II would lower rates, provide much needed local economic development, create hundreds of jobs, and increase tax revenues to support Long Island’s schools, libraries, fire districts, and local government,” Mr. Ain continued. “The new plant will help make Long Island energy independent by substantially reducing imports of expensive off-Island electricity from power plants owned by PSEG and others in New Jersey, Connecticut, and upstate New York, as well as significantly reduce air and water pollution from the old, inefficient plants on Long Island. Importantly, the plant will also further the Governor’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.”

This decision comes on the heels of a diverse group of nearly 30 elected, business, and community representatives sending a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to step in and move Caithness II forward due to PSEG-LI’s failure to modernize the region’s energy infrastructure, protect Long Island’s energy supply from the threat of extreme weather, improve Long Island’s environment, and bring much-needed jobs and investment to the region.

LIPA management selected Caithness II in 2013 for its value to Long Island ratepayers and the environment. It is a combined-cycle 750-MW natural gas-fired plant that will be built adjacent to the existing Caithness facility in Yaphank. PSEG-LI recommended that the project be put on hold in August 2014. Caithness II has widespread support from environmental, business, government and labor leaders, and is expected to save ratepayers in excess of $192 million in annual wholesale energy costs, in addition to creating significant environmental and economic benefits.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC

Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at: www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com


LONG ISLAND’S CLEANEST POWER-GENERATING PLANT TO BECOME EVEN CLEANER, HELPING TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

 NYSERDA contract with Caithness will improve regional air quality by reducing greenhouse gases, consistent with Governor Cuomo’s call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions —

 —Reduced emissions will also save LIPA ratepayers millions of dollars in emissions credit costs —

YAPHANK, NY — January 4, 2016 — Caithness Long Island, LLC, owner of the 350-megawatt (MW), combined-cycle, natural-gas-fired Caithness Long Island Energy Center, has been awarded a contract through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The NYSERDA award is consistent with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent pledge to lead the nation in addressing climate change, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% from 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% by 2050. The Governor was joined by former Vice President Al Gore on October 8, 2015, in announcing new actions to reduce greenhouse gas.

The NYSERDA award, which Caithness received through a competitive “Request for Proposal” (RFP) process, will enable the company to lessen the amount of CO2 output by approximately 4,000 tons per year. This will be accomplished by an upgrade to more technologically advanced turbine components, which will result in greater overall efficiency in how natural gas is used in the Caithness plant to generate electricity. The upgrade was completed in December 2015, coinciding with planned maintenance at the plant which produces more energy than any other unit on Long Island.

The Caithness plant, which began commercial operations in August 2009, is Long Island’s newest and most efficient power plant, and is among the cleanest burning in the state. It consistently operates significantly below its air permit limits — which are among the most stringent in the United States.  Caithness’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are 45% below its strict permit levels, its carbon monoxide (CO) emissions are more than 94% below its strict permit levels, and its volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are 74% less than what its permit allows.

Since becoming operational, Caithness has already contributed to reducing CO2 emissions by 2.5 million tons, saving Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) ratepayers more than $7.8 million in emissions credit costs, based upon emissions costs LIPA would have incurred had it relied solely upon its existing fleet of power plants, most of which are many decades old.

“We are honored that Caithness Long Island Energy Center has been selected as a participant in this important program to reduce New York State’s greenhouse gas footprint,” said Ross Ain, President, Caithness Long Island. “We look forward to working with NYSERDA to further enhance the plant’s capability to make an even greater contribution to help meet the State’s clean energy goals and ensure that Long Island’s most modern electric generating facility continues to produce environmental benefits in the years ahead.”

The Caithness plant is the cleanest, most efficient fossil fueled-fired plant operating on Long Island and among the cleanest in New York State.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC

Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
don@westendstrategiespr.com

 

 


— Decision finds that PSEG-LI criteria to determine transmission upgrades needed for Caithness II were unnecessarily stringent and violated NYISO tariffs; required interconnection upgrades will cost far less using proper criteria —

YAPHANK, NY – October 2, 2015 – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the principal energy regulatory body in the United States, has ruled that PSEG Long Island’s (PSEG LI) criteria for determining the electric transmission upgrades required to reliably and safely interconnect new generation facilities violate FERC’s Orders and the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) tariffs. FERC’s decision (Caithness Long Island II, LLC v. New York Independent System Operator, Inc.) is a repudiation of the special transmission interconnection requirements that PSEG-LI had added onto the standard NYISO criteria for determining the upgrades required to connect power plants and undermines PSEG LI’s invalid and unsupported claims that Caithness II would increase electric rates on Long Island.

The rejected PSEG-LI criteria would have required the Caithness II project to incur hundreds of millions of dollars in transmission upgrade costs to safely and reliably connect the new plant to Long Island’s electric grid. As a result of this decision, there will only be minimal transmission upgrade costs, and the Long Island electric ratepayers will reap the benefits. Indeed, a study by General Electric Consulting has previously found that, due to its high efficiency, Caithness II is expected to save Long Island an average of $192 million annually or over a billion dollars in wholesale energy costs over the first six full years of operation under the Caithness proposal that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) management previously selected in connection with LIPA’s 2010 Request for Proposals.

“Not only is this ruling a victory for Caithness II, it is a triumph for Long Island ratepayers,” said Ross Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC. “PSEG-LI has been blocking Caithness II with false claims about high transmission costs to connect Caithness to the electric grid and claims about an approximately 6% increase in rate hike without any supporting documentation. The reality is that Caithness II would save ratepayers money, provide much needed economic development, hundreds of jobs and increased tax revenues to support Long Island’s schools, libraries, fire districts and local government. The new plant will also substantially reduce Long Island’s imports of expensive off-island electricity from power plants owned by PSEG and others in New Jersey, Connecticut and upstate New York, as well as significantly reduce air and water pollution from the old, inefficient plants on Long Island.”

LIPA management selected Caithness II in 2013 for its value to Long Island ratepayers and the environment. It is a combined-cycle 750-MW natural gas-fired plant that will be built adjacent to the existing Caithness facility in Yaphank. PSEG-LI recommended that the project be put on hold in August 2014. Caithness II has widespread support from environmental, business, government and labor leaders, and is expected to save ratepayers in excess of $192 million in annual electricity costs, in addition to creating significant environmental and economic benefits.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC
Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found atwww.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd
516-330-1647
westendstrategies@gmail.com

 

 


—  More than 200 supporters rally to emphasize project’s benefit to economic development, the environment and L.I.’s energy security — 

YAPHANK, NY — September 10, 2015 — With Long Island’s most efficient, cleanest and most water-conserving power plant as a backdrop, New York State Senator Thomas Croci, Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, along with leadership from the Building and Construction Trade Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Coalition for a Brighter Long Island, environmental and clean-energy advocates, and others, renewed calls for Governor Cuomo to insist that LIPA and PSEG-LI move forward with the Caithness II power plant without further delay.

In all, more than 200 supporters gathered at the rally at the Caithness Long Island Energy Center to advocate for the Caithness II project and the benefits it will bring to Long Island in terms of the economy, the environment, and the security of the region’s electric grid.

Senator Croci spoke at the rally after touring the existing Caithness plant with Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

“Energy and infrastructure are crucial to our economic future and survival on Long Island. Yet, nearly 50 percent of Long Island’s electricity comes in on cables from off-island sources, which jeopardizes Long Island’s independent energy supply,” said Senator Croci. “Long Islanders deserve a resilient and reliable power supply that won’t be compromised when threats arise. Modern technology has made it possible to locate power plants inland, so that we don’t put residents’ power in jeopardy during events like Superstorm Sandy. I urge Governor Cuomo to support the Caithness II project to secure our energy infrastructure, provide relief for ratepayers, and drive economic growth and prosperity on Long Island and in New York State.”

Unlike the Caithness plant, three of Long Island’s major power plants are vulnerable to severe storms because two of the plants (those in Northport and Port Jefferson) are located on the Long Island Sound, while the other (E.F. Barrett) is situated along a coastal bay in Oceanside. Importantly, the Caithness plant is located 100 feet above mean sea level, and more than five miles from the Long Island Sound or the South Shore bays. Caithness II would be located adjacent to the existing Caithness plant.

Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, and a locally recognized environmental leader, stated, “The ongoing threat to our environment from continued reliance on old power plants (those previously owned by the now-defunct Long Island Lighting Company) must be eliminated. These aging plants should be replaced by ones that generate the type of clean, modern power that Caithness II can provide.” Mr. Lewis also noted that Caithness II’s operational flexibility, the ability to power up and down quickly, supports solar and wind energy projects providing “clean, efficient power during times when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind isn’t blowing.”

Also in attendance at the rally was Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island, the region’s smart-growth-planning organization, which recognized the first Caithness power plant with the organization’s inaugural Clean Energy Award in 2011.

“As president of the Longwood School Board, I know that Caithness II represents a continuing commitment by Caithness Energy to our local schools,” said Dan Tomaszewski, who is also the founder of the Coalition for a Brighter Long Island. “Caithness II will contribute $13 million annually to the Longwood Central School District tax base, improving the education for our children, without increasing the tax burden. Caithness II is a necessary addition to our community.”

In a statement, Dick O’Kane, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, stated that, “Caithness II will put Long Islanders to work to provide the region with affordable and reliable energy,” and called on Governor Cuomo to step in and ensure that Long Island stops exporting jobs, and moves ahead with Caithness II.

Caithness II will create more than 500 construction jobs during the 30-month build cycle, and generate in excess of $400 million in economic activity during the 20-plus-year-life of the plant.

“Caithness is pleased to have the support of a number of influential Long Island leaders who recognize the tangible environmental and economic benefits Caithness II will create throughout the region,” said Ross Ain, President, Caithness Long Island, LLC. “The Caithness II project will also help ensure Long Island’s energy independence, while adding a significant layer of strength to the electric grid, especially when major storms hit.”

Other Caithness II supporters attending the rally included Neil Foley, Brookhaven Town Councilman; Dan Losquadro, Brookhaven Town Superintendant of Highways; Robyn Fellrath, representing Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert; Edward Flood, Chief of Staff to NY State Assemblyman Dean Murray; Bill Peters, Commissioner, Yaphank Fire District; Roy LoBocchiaro, Commissioner, Ridge Fire District; Dr. Michael Lonergan, Superintendant of Schools, Longwood Central School District; Michael Loguercio, Penny McGrath, Frank Muracca and Maureen Silvestri, members of the Board of Education, Longwood Central School District; Daniel Walcott, Political Director & NY District Council, Millwrights Local 740; Frank Ippoliti, Council Representative for Millwrights Local 740; Mike Cavanaugh, Vice President for the District Council of Carpenters; Mario Mattera, Business Agent for the Plumbers Local Council 200; Anthony Fagiolo, Political Director, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 12; Steve McInnis, President, The New York City District Council of Carpenters; Peter Zarcone, General Building Laborers Local 66; Joseph Cavalieri, General Building Laborers Local 66; Kevin Harvey, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 25; members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties; the Coalition for a Brighter Long Island and others.

About Caithness Long Island, LLC

Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd
516-330-1647
westendstrategies@gmail.com

 

 

 


 

— Yaphank power plant is the region’s cleanest, most energy efficient, most water-conserving plant; conserves enough natural gas to heat the equivalent of 95,000 L.I. homes —

YAPHANK, NY — August 17, 2015 — Long Island’s most modern, efficient and cleanest burning power plant on Long Island, the Caithness Long Island Energy Center (Caithness), has saved Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) ratepayers more than $235 million in fuel costs since beginning commercial operations in August 2009. The savings are based on fuel costs LIPA would have incurred had it relied solely upon the existing fleet of power plants, which were built in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and formerly owned by the now-defunct Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO). Caithness has also reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2.5 million tons, saving LIPA ratepayers more than $7.8 million in emissions credit costs based upon emissions LIPA would have incurred had it relied solely upon its existing fleet of power plants.

Utilizing technologically advanced combined-cycle generation, the 350-megawatt (MW), natural gas-fueled plant in Yaphank produces more than 20 percent of the electricity generated on Long Island. Caithness’s efficient operations save enough natural gas each year to heat the equivalent of 95,000 homes on Long Island. Its 99 percent equivalent availability rate to LIPA to generate power when needed, coupled with its demonstrated cost-savings, makes Caithness the first plant to be called upon to generate power when needed. And, by using Caithness more frequently, and relying on older plants less, fewer emissions are produced, helping in the fight against global warming, and cleaning Long Island’s air shed.

The Caithness Long Island Energy Center consistently operates well below its air permit limits, which are among the most stringent in the United States. Data submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reveal that, compared to the old, inefficient plants on Long Island, Caithness produces 98 percent less carbon monoxide (CO), 80 percent less nitrogen oxide (NOx), and 77 percent fewer particulates. Reports by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) state that the rates of power-plant emissions have dropped over the past 15 years, and that, in 2012, the EPA determined that the region had attained the PM-2.5 24-hour-particulate-matter ambient air quality standard; this coincided with the period in which Caithness began producing electric power on Long Island.

The only air-cooled power plant on Long Island, Caithness does not rely on extracting billions of gallons of water from Long Island’s aquifers, the prime supply of drinking water in Nassau and Suffolk counties. And, unlike the older power plants on Long Island, Caithness does not draw and return vast amounts of water from the Long Island Sound or South Shore bays, which has been found to cause severe environmental damage, including thermal water pollution, and extremely high fish, and fish egg, mortality rates.

“The Caithness Long Island Energy Center continues to provide Long Island’s electric ratepayers with sizable fuel savings, while providing equally substantial environmental benefits in the form of greatly reduced air emissions,” stated Ross Ain, President of Caithness Long Island, LLC. “Long Island must end its reliance on old, inefficient and unreliable plants, and begin an immediate transition to clean, modern power generation, which the planned 750-MW Caithness II plant will provide.”

Caithness II, which has many of the environmental and municipal approvals required to begin construction, was selected by LIPA in 2013 for its value to Long Island ratepayers and the environment. It is a combined-cycle 750-MW natural gas-fired plant that will be built adjacent to the exiting Caithness facility in Yaphank. PSEG-Long Island (PSEG-LI) recommended that the project be put on hold in August 2014. Caithness II has widespread support from environmental, business, government and labor leaders, and is expected to save ratepayers in excess of $192 million in annual electricity costs, in addition to creating significant environmental and economic benefits.

Some highlights of Caithness Long Island Energy Center’s operations include the following:

  • Caithness is highly reliable, posting a 99 percent equivalent availability rate to LIPA to generate power when needed.
  • In 2014, Caithness produced more energy than any other unit on Long Island.
  • Due to its high efficiency, Caithness has saved LIPA’s ratepayers more than $235 million in fuel and other costs since 2009.
  • Caithness’s air emissions are less than half of the amount allowed by its air permit, which is one of the strictest for any power plant operating in New York State.
  • Nitrogen oxide (NOx) is 45 percent below permit levels
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are 74 percent below permit levels
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) emissions are 94 percent below permit levels
  • The air-cooled Caithness facility consumed an average of 17 gallons of water per minute, while providing 10 percent of the electricity used on Long Island, making it the region’s most water-conserving plant.
  • Safety is a top priority, and there have been no lost-time accidents since the Caithness plant began operation in August 2009.
  • In 2011, Caithness received the first ever “Clean Energy Award” from Vision Long Island, the region’s smart-growth-planning organization.

“Caithness is proud to continue its trend-setting environmental performance levels, while offering optimal and reliable service and fuel savings to LIPA and its ratepayers,” said Mr. Ain.  “We are confident that, in addition to continuing these trends, we will exponentially exceed them with the advent of the Caithness II plant.”

About Caithness Long Island, LLC

Caithness Long Island, LLC, is a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, LLC, a privately held, New York-based independent power producer. For over 25 years, Caithness has been a pioneer in the development of clean, reliable energy. More information can be found at www.caithnesslongisland.com.

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 Contact: Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
516-330-1647
westendstrategies@gmail.com


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Caithness Energy, L.L.C ("Caithness") is a privately held Independent Power Producer specializing in the development, acquisition, operation and management of renewable energy and natural gas fueled power projects.

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