NRG Energy Gets State Board Approval for Plant Expansion

COURTESY OF NRG ENERGY
The current plant in Sandwich.

SANDWICH –The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board has given approval to NRG Energy’s Canal Generating Plant expansion in Sandwich.

The 350-megawatt gas-fired turbine at the plant will provide electricity for the region.

The company is still required to increase the planned height of the exhaust stack by 30 feet and is awaiting approval for two other state permits.

“By putting a new unit, it really makes the facility and the location viable for a long time and hopefully there’s plans down the road for even more,” said Dunham.

Originally planned for 220 feet, the state board asked NRG Energy to increase the height of the stack to reduce the plant’s air quality impact.

The turbine is scheduled to be ready in 2019 with preliminary site work expected to get underway this summer.

“I think it’s something that’s a win-win if it goes forward for the community and for the company and so we hope things continue to go forward and they proceed with construction,” said Dunham.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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