Cayuga coal plant will add large-scale solar farm
By Marie J. French
05-31-2017 04:10 PM EDT
The Cayuga coal plant in Lansing plans to build 18 megawatts of solarpanels
on the grounds of one of the state's last remaining coal-fired generators.
The 306 megawatt plant is currently operating with subsidies from ratepayers
because it is needed for grid reliability. Those subsidies end June 30.
The Public Service Commission in February rejected a proposal to have ratepayers pay to
retrofit the plant to burn natural gas
instead selecting a transmission project. NYSEG expects to complete the transmission
upgrade to eliminate the need for Cayuga's power by the end of June.
The Cayuga Operating Company plans to pursue both renewable energy credits and a power
purchase agreement for the solar power farm. The company is still considering re-powering
the coal plant with natural gas and also wants to add energy storage on site.