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Cricket Valley Energy Center to go green

A New York power plant that was the subject of lawsuits in northwestern Connecticut is planning to become more green.  The Dover Plains Cricket Valley Energy Center must meet a zero carbon emissions mandate by 2040 and is gradually increasing hydrogen utilization to meet that goal. 

The gas-powered facility will eventually be a 100 percent green hydrogen-fueled power plant. 

Western Connecticut Clean Air Action raised environmental and health concerns shortly after construction started in 2017.  Air quality monitoring stations were installed in Kent and elsewhere to measure three major air pollutants associated with natural gas combustion.  Additional stations are in New Milford, Sherman, Warren, Sharon, Cornwall, and the Town of Washington.   The monitors measure ozone, fine particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen.

In 2019, New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act was enacted requiring the state's electric industry to be carbon emissions free by 2040.