(Update: 10:22 a.m. Monday) — This meeting has been postponed to a later date of the committee. An exact date has not been set, but The Ithaca Voice will post another story when a new meeting is scheduled.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Legislators in the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee will meet Monday to discuss plans for the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing.
Legislators will hear from Jerry Goodenough, chief operating officer of Cayuga Operating Company, LLC, and also debate a resolution on the table to reject the company’s proposal to convert to natural gas.
The public meeting will begin at 3 p.m. Monday in Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.
Goodenough will be present Monday to discuss the plant and the company’s proposal to convert the coal-fired plant to natural gas.
In April, Cayuga Operating Company submitted an application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to modify their permit to convert from burning coal to compressed natural gas. The gas would be transported on up to 30 trucks per day, the application states.
Following a discussion with Goodenough, legislators in the committee will discuss a draft resolution that urges the DEC to reject Cayuga Operating Company’s proposal to convert to natural gas and instead asks Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the plant’s transition to renewable energy and energy storage.
Citing the county’s 2015 comprehensive plan, the resolutions states a combination of renewable energy and energy storage is better for the environment and fits in line with the county’s policy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“Cayuga Operating Company’s proposal to convert a non-operating, inefficient, coal-burning steam-turbine unit to natural gas fuel, resulting in increased CO2 and methane emissions, is incompatible with the urgent global imperative to reduce fossil fuel use, and is incompatible with New York State’s energy policies and with Tompkins County’s GHG emission reduction goals and should be rejected on its face,” the draft resolution states.
The drafted resolution will be discussed at 3 p.m. If passed, it will go on to full Legislature for further discussion and approval.
View the full agenda for the meeting here.