Village board considers new ‘peaking’ plant

Greenport Village Hall

A North Carolina-based developer has proposed bringing a 75-megawatt power generating facility to Greenport Village.

Global Common pitched the idea to Village Board members during a special meeting last Thursday.

The plan calls for a new 53-megawatt plant on the west side of Moores Lane, behind the village’s sewer plant. The company hopes to lease the land from the village, generating roughly $480,000 in revenue annually, Trustee George Hubbard said Tuesday.

The plant would run only on diesel gas and operate during peak hours (also known as a “peaker” plant). The facility would likely not be used in the winter, Mr. Hubbard said.

However, he said, exceptions could be made in emergency situations such as storm-related power outages.

Global Common’s pitch comes after Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) announced it was seeking sites designed to replace the use of old infrastructure at existing plants and improve transmission capabilities across Long Island.

If selected the village would enter into a 20-year agreement with PSEG to lease the land for the power plant at a fixed rate.

The village attorney is currently reviewing the company’s proposal. A vote to move forward with the lease could happen within the month, Mr. Hubbard said.

Proposals must be submitted by March 31.

Last month, a similar peaker plant project was posed before the Southold Town Board. The town has not yet taken action on the plan.

View Global Common’s proposal below:

Global Common Cogentrix Presentation