Cricket Valley Energy is a proposed 1,100 megawatt (MW) combined-cycle, electric generating plant in Dover, NY. The natural gas-fired facility is designed to use state-of-the-art, environmentally-responsible combustion turbine technology, and to be among the most efficient energy producers in New York, with the ability to generate electricity for nearly one million homes.
Advanced Power, the parent company of Cricket Valley Energy, identified the site located off Route 22 in Dover New York as a “smart site” for the project because it is currently industrially-zoned, with existing infrastructure, including electric power lines and a natural gas pipeline. In addition, it provides a natural buffer of trees and topography to minimize visual impacts to the surrounding community. The site provides an opportunity to revitalize a dormant property, create jobs, and generate tax revenue for Dover.
Visual: A natural buffer of existing trees and the topography of the site will reduce the visual impact of the Cricket Valley Energy facility. During the Environmental Review Process, the project team will be creating visual aids that will provide an accurate view of exactly what will be visible.
Noise: Modern natural-gas fired power plants are surprisingly quiet. The facility will be designed to meet the local noise ordinance of 50 decibels at the property line – the same as quiet conversation or rainfall.
Smell: The plant will have no odors and there will be no smell associated with operations.
Yes. The facility will include state-of-the-art control systems with top-of-the-line fire detection, alarms, and suppression mechanisms that will be developed in consultation with Town of Dover fire and emergency services officials. At any sign of irregularity, the advanced technology and sensitive instrumentation will automatically shut down the facility and fuel supply.
Cricket Valley Energy is a proposed $1.58 billion, privately-financed facility with significant benefits to the Dover community and Dutchess County. It will provide up to 1,100 local construction jobs with annual salaries totaling $50 million, and approximately 28 direct permanent positions, with a combined $3.4 million in annual salaries during operation. In addition to new jobs, Cricket Valley Energy will stimulate the local economy with the purchase of locally-sourced materials and services. Cricket Valley Energy will add up to $4 million in taxes to the school system, the Town of Dover, and Dutchess County.
The Cricket Valley Energy facility will obtain water from deep underground wells in order to prevent impact on the Swamp River and surface aquifer. The project will utilize air-cooled condensers, which reduce water use by more than 98% compared to traditional cooling methods in comparable facilities. In addition, the facility has designed a zero-liquid discharge system which means that no water will be released to the area surrounding the site. Also, a stormwater management plan, including native landscaping and collection raingardens, will minimize runoff from rainfall.
The community has an essential role in the environmental review process, and there will be many opportunities for public comment, including formal public hearings, as well as informal outreach and informational meetings. In addition, Cricket Valley Energy has initiated three Advisory Working Groups where community members meet in small groups with project team experts. The project also has a Community Outreach Office in Dover to respond to questions, receive ideas, and share materials. This Web site will be frequently updated to reflect new information as it develops and to provide easy access to details about upcoming meetings and comment periods.
Cricket Valley Energy will use Best Available Control Technologies (BACT) and a Lowest Achievable Emissions Rate (LAER) to minimize emissions and preserve local air quality. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil-fuel, with significantly lower emissions than conventional electricity sources such as coal or oil. Natural gas releases about 40% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than coal, and releases smaller proportions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and almost no sulfur dioxide (SO2).
The electricity produced at Cricket Valley Energy will feed into the existing transmission corridor immediately adjacent to the site. As part of its permitting process, CVE has been required by New York State to upgrade and improve the existing 50-year old electrical infrastructure capacity in the region.
Natural gas is part of the solution to America’s energy needs and is critical to supporting New York’s long-term energy policy goals. As legislation sets aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas will play an essential role in shouldering the needs of the electric grid, helping displace dirty, inefficient coal and oil-fired generators, and advancing the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Cricket Valley Energy will strengthen the value of the Dover community through increased tax revenue, job creation, and ongoing support for local organizations, businesses, and schools.
Cricket Valley Energy will use North American natural gas – 98% of all gas consumed in the U.S. is produced in North America – making it a domestically-sourced alternative that will help the U.S. achieve energy independence.
Cricket Valley Energy is an affiliate of Advanced Power AG, a leading international energy developer of power generation and related infrastructure projects throughout Europe and North America. Advanced Power AG has over 7,000 MW in operation, under construction or under development in the United States and Europe.