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CPV Valley Energy Center

Project Description

Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV) is proposing to construct, own and operate the CPV Valley Energy Center, a proposed 630 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired electric generating facility. The CPV Valley Energy Center will use ultra-low sulfur distillate oil for back-up for reliability purposes. The CPV facility will use "combined cycle" generation technology and will be comprised of two combined-cycle units, each consisting of a combustion turbine generator (CTG), a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) with supplemental duct firing, and a steam turbine generator (STG). Auxiliary equipment will include a low nitrogen oxide (NOx) natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler, needed to keep the HRSGs warm during periods of turbine shutdown and to provide sealing steam during startups. The stacks for the facility will be 282.5 feet tall.

The project will be located on an approximately 122-acre site in Wawayanda, Orange County, New York. The proposed project activities will be located on an approximately 21-acre area that is bounded to the east by State Route 17M/6; to the north by State Route 6 and to the south by Interstate 84.


Lead Agency and Positive Declaration

On June 11, 2008, the Wawayanda Planning Board assumed lead agency for the coordinated environmental review of the project. In accordance with 6 NYCRR 617 (SEQR), the Wawayanda Planning Board determined that the project may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and issued a positive declaration on June 25, 2008. By issuing the positive declaration, the Wawayanda Planning Board required CPV to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

CPV prepared a DEIS that addresses the potential impacts identified in the positive declaration. The Wawayanda Planning Board accepted the DEIS as complete on February 23, 2009. The Wawayanda Planning Board accepted public comments on the DEIS and held a public hearing on April 8, 2009. An FEIS was prepared and accepted by the Wawayanda Planning Board on February 8, 2012. Most recently, the Wawayanda Planning Board issued a Findings Statement on May 23, 2012.

NYSDEC Permits

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Complete Application on July 9, 2012 for the CPV Valley Energy Center. The Department accepted public comments on CPV's draft Air State Facility (ASF) Permit and Section 401 Water Quality Certificate for a period of 60 days. However, at that time, CPV had yet to identify the source of their Emission Reduction Credits (ERC), required pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 231.

On April 29, 2013, CPV submitted Use of Emission Reduction Credits Forms identifying the source of the required ERCs. As a result, the Department modified the draft ASF permit to include reference to the required ERCs. In addition, the Department modified the ASF permit to reflect changes in the air regulations since the July 9, 2012 Notice of Complete Application. On May 15, 2103 the Department issued a subsequent Notice of Complete Application to allow the public to submit comments on the proposed modifications to the draft permit. The Department will accept comments on the modified draft permit (PDF) (356 KB) until June 14, 2013. The modifications to the draft ASF permit are fully described in the Notice of Complete Application.

On July 25, 2013 the NYSDEC issued the final permits for the CPV Valley Energy Center. The final permits and Response to Comments are available for public review.


Christopher M. Hogan
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway - 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1750
Voice: (518) 402-9151
Email: cmhogan@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Final NYSDEC Permits and Associated Documents: