Letter from RIVERKEEPER NY’s clean water advocate


NY’S clean water advocate

                                                                                                                                                                                    April 5, 2013


Barbara Parsons
Chair, Town of Wawayanda Planning Board
80 Ridgebury Hill Road
Slate Hill, NY 10973

                Re:     Comments on the Necessity of the Proposed CPV Valley Energy Center

Dear Ms. Parsons:

               Riverkeeper, Inc. (Riverkeeper) submits the following coments on the proposed CPV Valley Energy Center (the CPV Project) in the Town of Wawayanda, Orange County, New York, pursuant to the Town Planning Board’s extended comment period on the approval of this project.

               Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Riverkeeper is actively involoved in litigation, advocacy, and public education surrounding the issue of shale gas extraction and related infrastructure, particularly because of the potential impacts on New York State’s drinking water supplies. Riverkeeper has also been advocating for the closure of Indian Point nuclear power plant, located in the Town of Buchanan, Westchester County, New York. As part of these efforts, Riverkeeper has taken the position that Indian Point’s power can and should be replaced with a portfolio of clean energy resources: renewable resources such as wind and solar and energy efficiency. The October 2012 Synapse Energy Economics report “Indian Pooint Replacement Analysis: A Clean Energy Roadmap”, co-commissioned by Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council, concludes:

                  New York could replace the entirety of Indian Point’s 2,060MW of capacity by implementing a clean energy portfolio comprised of 1,030MW of energy efficiency and 1,030MW of renewable capacity.1


1 TIM WOOLF ET AL., SYNAPSE ENERGY ECONOMICS, INC., INDIAN POINT REPLACEMENT ANALYSIS: A CLEAN ENERGY ROADMAP: A PROPOSAL FOR REPLACING THE NUCLEAR PLANT WITH CLEAN, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY RESOURCES 1-2 (Oct. 2012), available at http://www.riverkeeper.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Synapse-Indian-Point-Replacement-Study-10-11.pdf

As such, Riverkeeper strongly believes that natural gas-powered energy is not necessary to replace energy currently provided by Indian Point. In light of this, the CPV Project is not necessary to implement a clean energy portfolio for New york, and we recommend that the Town of Wawayanda Planning Board should not approve the project.

                      Thank you for the opportunity to comment on these important issues.


                                                                                                                                                      Kate Hudson

                                                                                                                                                       Watershed Program Director

Cc:     Pat Battiato

           Secretary, Town of Wawayanda Planning Board

           Pramilla Malick

           Stop the Minisink Compressor Station