00-F-1522: Reliant Energy Asotria Repowering Project

Certified Article X Project

Reliant Energy Astoria Repowering Project
Case No. 00-F-1522

Size: 1,816 MW gas-fired (oil back up) combined cycle generating facility (which will repower and replace the existing 1,253 MW generating facility).
Location: Astoria, Queens, New York
Proposed by: Astoria Generating Company, L.P 

Schedule: The Siting Board decided to grant a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on June 19, 2003.  The Opinion and Order granting the Certificate was issued June 25, 2003.

The hearing examiners issued a recommended decision on April 18, 2003, which recommended adoption of a comprehensive settlement agreement. 

An evidentiary hearing was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2003.  The examiners received a proposed settlement agreement including stipulations and supporting evidence to resolve all issues in the case. 

The Siting Board held a public statement hearing on the Supplement to the Article X Application on February 12, 2003.

Reliant filed Supplement Number 4 to its Application on November 27, 2002.  This supplement includes a change in the cooling system from using salt water to fresh water in the cooling towers.

An issues conference was held on February 25, 2002.

A pre-hearing conference was held on January 8, 2002, which included a discussion of case issues, allocation of intervenor funds, and proceeding schedule.

On December 28, 2001, the Chairman informed the Company that the Application was in compliance with requirements of Article X and the stipulations, but required filing of supplemental information prior to the initial hearing date.  Additionally,  the Chairman determined that the application complies with Section 165(4)(b) of the Public Service Law which allows for proceedings to be concluded in six months rather than the normal twelve month period. 

The Reliant Energy Astoria Repowering Project Article X Application (Application) was filed on October 29, 2001.  On December 27, 2001, DEC informed the Chairman of the Siting Board the air and water permit applications were complete and has prepared draft air permit and draft modification of the existing water permit. 

A public process forum was held on November 16, 2000.  The purpose of this forum was to provide information on the Article X process for considering the Astoria repowering project proposal. 

The Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) was filed on September 5, 2000.

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