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Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Potential Makeover of Tonawanda's Economy May Serve as a National Model

When we published our report about the fading financial viability of the aging Huntley Generation Station in early 2014, the facts showed the facility was all but destined to close. It had marginal usefulness for the region it was built to serve, and the financial drain it placed on NRG, the owner, would be borne […]

September 3, 2015 Read More →
Report- Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership

Report- Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership

Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership (pdf)      

January 28, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Op-Ed: New York Town Finds Life After Coal

Buffalo News: When NRG Energy announced the retirement of the Huntley Power Generating Station on River Road, the Ken-Ton School District and the town and county municipalities were facing a total loss of $6 million in PILOT revenues. This loss would eliminate jobs at the plant as well as services and programs offered by the […]

October 17, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘A Working Class Buffalo Suburb Retired a Coal Plant the Right Way’

Elizabeth McGowan in Grist: Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power for first time since World War I. Erie County lost its largest air and water polluter. But the town of Tonawanda, a working class Buffalo suburb 13 miles downstream of America’s most […]

July 11, 2017 Read More →

A Coal-Plant Town in Transition

E&E News: When his local coal-fired power plant shut down last year, it left Joseph Emminger with a $6 million problem. The Huntley Generating Station was the biggest taxpayer of the town of Tonawanda, N.Y. Emminger, the town supervisor, saw that its shutdown would leave Tonawanda, the local school district and the county with a […]

April 19, 2017 Read More →

How a Post-Coal Transition Model in Upstate New York Might Work in Montana

Ed Kemmick for KTVQ Billings: Compared with the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, the Huntley Generating Station in Tonawanda, N.Y., was not all that large. At its height, when all six units of the Huntley plant were operating, the power station could generate up to 598 megawatts of electricity – compared to a capacity of […]

November 18, 2016 Read More →

Research Note: How Difficult Would It Be to Turn Back the EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

From UBS: CPP can be changed under Trump, but lots of hoops to jump through We held our latest conference call with Tom Lorenzen of Crowell & Morning to analyze what could happen to the Clean Power Plan putting a deeper context on the back of the latest election results. Mr. Lorenzen has over a […]

November 18, 2016 Read More →

New York Town’s Post-Coal Transition Seen as Model for Colstrip, Montana

Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Montana: Although the fate of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is up in the air now that Donald Trump has been elected president, at least part of Colstrip’s coal-fired power plant is still likely to close by 2022. Peter DeJesus, field coordinator for Western New York Area […]

November 15, 2016 Read More →

New Property Assessment on Former Power Plant Site in New York Opens Door to State Mitigation Fund

Joseph Popiolkowski for the Buffalo News: After the Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda was retired March 1, the looming question was what the new assessment of the River Road property would be. Huntley paid a combined $6 million annually to the town, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District and Erie County under […]

August 11, 2016 Read More →
Lessons for When the Power Plant in Your Town Closes

Lessons for When the Power Plant in Your Town Closes

How an Upstate New York Community Organized Around Common Goals and Gained a Lifeline to Economic Transition

NRG Energy’s Huntley plant in Tonawanda, N.Y., closed three months ago because the NRG couldn’t make a profit off selling Huntley power into the market. “We don’t foresee any scenario where the plant would be economically viable,” an NRG spokesman said when the plant’s closing was announced this past December. “This is a reflection of […]

What Happened When a Power Plant Closed in Upstate New York? Electricity Prices Stayed Low and Outside Coal-Fired Power Wasn’t Required

What Happened When a Power Plant Closed in Upstate New York? Electricity Prices Stayed Low and Outside Coal-Fired Power Wasn’t Required

The Grid Is Unaffected by the Retirement of Huntley Power Station


Our 2014 report on the failing financial health of the Huntley Generation Station in Tonawanda, N.Y., highlighted the fact that regional grid operators were relying less and less on the plant for electricity. Huntley’s capacity factor—the ratio of how much power it produced versus how much it was capable of producing—had been declining for five […]

Tonawanda NY ‘Entering a New Phase’ as It Celebrates State Funding to Offset Impact of Huntley Plant Closing

By Joseph Popiolkowski in the Buffalo News: If the inclusion last week of $30 million in the state budget to assist communities like the Town of Tonawanda affected by the closure of electric power generating stations was like winning the Super Bowl, then the ticker tape parade was held Thursday. A cross-section of elected officials, labor groups […]

April 8, 2016 Read More →