Long-Awaited Infrastructure Project Begins
One of Dutchess County’s largest infrastructure projects kicked off on Wednesday, June 28, with help from local leaders. Cricket Valley Energy Center, a fully-permitted approximately 1,100-MW combined-cycle, natural gas-fired electric generating facility located in Dover, NY, is projected to bring 1,100 jobs to the region, economic benefits to the Town of Dover, and energy to one million homes across New York State.
Robert E. De Meyere, Development Project Manager for Cricket Valley Energy, opened the ceremony by recognizing the local community for its support in bringing this project through the development phase. “Together we are transforming a dormant industrial site into a state-of-the-art facility – one that provides smart American energy, local jobs, and tax revenue for the community of Dover,” said De Meyere. “This has been no easy feat, and I’m proud to share this moment with many of those who helped make it possible.”
Cricket Valley Energy Center is strategically located adjacent to the Iroquois natural gas pipeline and will sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services to the New York Independent System Operator energy market with interconnection through Consolidated Edison’s nearby 345 kV transmission line.
“Cricket Valley Energy and Advanced Power intend to be long-term and good neighbors to those here in Dutchess County,” said Advanced Power CEO Thomas Spang. “We will continue to manage this project on behalf of the investors both during construction and operation, and we very much look forward to continuing this great working relationship we have built together.”
State Senator Sue Serino said, “Today’s groundbreaking marks a new day for the Harlem Valley. This project promises to breathe new life into an area that has been hard-hit by significant closures and loss of industry. I look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.”
“This is truly a very exciting time for Dutchess County, but especially for our beautiful Town of Dover,” said Linda S. French, Supervisor of the Town of Dover. “It has been an up and down road for nine years, but here we are! This is finally happening, a great project for all involved. When we all work together great things happen.”
Bechtel, a global leader in the design and execution of complex power projects, will undertake the engineering, procurement, and construction of the energy center. The facility is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2020. Advanced Power AG, which led the development of the facility, will be the construction and asset manager.
For more information about the Cricket Valley Energy Center, visit www.cricketvalley.com.