OPPOSITION: Sierra Club
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the New York Public Authority (NYPA) contracted with NRG Energy for a $1.6 billion Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant in Tonawanda, New York.
Shortly thereafter, the State required that up to 65 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from the plant be captured and stored in underground rock formations. This created a huge financing gap, estimated at more than $400 million. As a result, NYPA decided to cancel the plant in July 2008. NYPA also cited technological and regulatory obstacles as reasons to cancel the project.
Opponents of the project questioned the cost and environmental impact of the proposed project. Sierra Club opposed the initiative based on its national policy of opposing all coal facilities.
LAST UPDATED: November 30, 2010