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Frequently asked questions and topics related to Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) are included here. Click on a topic to learn more and link to related pages.. Click here to view Cricket Valley Energy Center’s monthly progress presentation to the Dover Town Board. Contact us for more information or help locating topics in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which is available on our Documents page.

Air Quality

CVEC is using the latest technology to ensure minimal emissions and preserve local air quality, including Best Available Control Technologies (BACT) and a Lowest Achievable Emissions Rate (LAER) to ensure that our facility produces the lowest emissions rates of any natural gas powered combined cycle plant in New York State.  CVEC's impact on air quality has been deemed insignificant even for the most vulnerable individuals including those with asthma and the elderly.  

As one of the most efficient, reliable and least emitting energy producers, CVEC will provide electricity that currently is produced by higher polluting oil, gas, and coal-fired power plants, enabling NYS to displace some of those other producers and helping reduce regional emissions of NOx, SO2 and CO2.

By design the emissions from CVEC will be released at sufficient height to dissipate emissions.  

Water Quality

Air-cooling technology will reduce water use by more than 98%, zero-liquid discharge will prevent process water release outside the site and rooftop rain capture will minimize run-off and supplement the water supply.

Sight, Sound & Smell

Mature trees, a compact footprint, co-located stacks, and a valley location will reduce visual impact. When operational, the project will meet Dover Town Zoning Code for noise impacts at all residences, including Dover schools - and no odors will be emitted by the facility.

Wetlands & Environment

Seventy-nine (79) acres of wetlands will be placed in conservation and existing damaged wetlands will be restored. There will be no work within the Great Swamp Critical Environmental Area, and no hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will occur at this project.

Traffic & Safety

Temporary parking at the former Rasco parcel has been added to reduce traffic impacts, and work schedules will be coordinated with school bus and peak commuter times.

Jobs & Taxes

CVEC is a $1.58 billion investment that will contribute substantially to the tax base with no significant demand for services. CVEC will create jobs - 500, on average, during construction, 1,100 jobs during peak construction and up to 28 permanent jobs.