Testimonials

North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco

This project represents a once in a generation chance to add a major new source of tax revenue to North Bergen with no impact on residential neighborhoods and little to no strain on municipal services,” said Mayor Sacco. “I’m proud that NBLG has chosen to locate this project here and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them to make this vision into a reality.”

Hudson County Building & Construction
Trades President Patrick Kehller

“This facility will provide jobs for hundreds of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, laborers, operating engineers, dock-builders, pipefitters, boilermakers, painters, glazers, cement finishers, roofers, and all the other men and women in the building trades,” said Hudson County Building & Construction Trades President Patrick Kehller. “We need to move this project forward.

NJ Alliance for Action President Phillip Beachem

“Most people associate regional infrastructure improvements as building new bridges or rail tunnels,” said NJ Alliance for Action President Phillip Beachem.  “However, the proposed North Bergen Liberty Generating facility is a perfect example of how we should invest in vital new infrastructure that creates the least amount of environmental and community disturbance with the greatest amount of public benefit.”

Meadowlands Regional  Chamber of Commerce
President Jim Kirkos

“We have a project that will bring power to one of our largest cities and economic engines in the nation, help address serious regional environmental concerns with existing power facilities and provide jobs and significant economic support to a local New Jersey town,” said Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jim Kirkos.  “This is what a regional economy and a united community is all about.”

News

Opinion: Meadowlands power plant in North Bergen makes sense for many reasons

The current political climate has proven that the public is willing to believe inflammatory language from people who speak the loudest. Unfortunately, this is extremely dangerous as public policy requires in-depth, thoughtful discussion and analysis, not just knee-jerk reactions and soundbites. However, it appears that the environmental community has adopted these national scare tactics to thwart any meaningful conversation about infrastructure projects that serve our regional interests.

A case in point: the environmental community cannot come to grips with the fact that the proposed North Bergen Liberty Generating electric station in North Bergen Township is the definition of smart, responsible infrastructure upgrades that serve a vital public need; keeping the power on for millions of people.

The NBLG site is in a remote industrial area currently being used to recycle concrete, asphalt, and construction demolition materials. Certain members of the media have even described the site as “an industrial wasteland.” The new state-of-the-art electric facility, however, is engineered to exacting environmental and safety standards. Additionally, the facility would be built and maintained by highly skilled trades people. And once completed, the plant would allow for various forms of green energy – such as wind and solar projects proposed by the governors of New York and New Jersey — to come online so that the region has access to safe, affordable electricity at all times of day.

The members of the Bergen and Hudson Building and Construction Trades Councils have met numerous times with representatives of the NBLG project and we are fully convinced that this generating facility would be beneficial. Forgetting for a moment the thousands of jobs for our carpenters, electricians, pipefitters, operating engineers, and the dozens of other trades that would be represented during the construction and continuing maintenance of the facility, this project makes sense for a variety of economic and environmental reasons.

First, total employment from three-year construction including direct, indirect, and induced employment would be approximately 3,113 jobs in New Jersey. Employee compensation for this project would be about $257 million. Second, the 120 full-time and part-time annual jobs for this project would result in about $9.8 million annually of direct, indirect, and induced earnings. The State of New Jersey would receive approximately $3.8 million annually. North Bergen Township would receive millions of dollars per year through a negotiated PILOT with NBLG, allowing the Township to keep property taxes stable and continue investing in improved municipal services and facilities for its residents. These direct economic benefits should make people realize that significant infrastructure improvements have trickle down effects on other important public policy initiatives.

The real benefit of this project, however, is that building the NBLG plant would actually further the goals of the environmental community.

Once this plant is operational, over 9 million gallons of “grey water” would be used to cool the NBLG high-efficiency steam turbine. This alone has the potential to save the Hackensack River from absorbing hundreds of millions of gallons of grey water per year.

And while the environmentalists have been trying to scare people about the amount of emissions from the NBLG site, what they fail to mention is that several active inefficient regional power plants already produce significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than what the new, highly efficient NBLG plant would actually produce. With the imminent closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility, these older plants would be required to run harder and longer to meet the electric demands of the region, pumping more carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. The operation of the new NBLG plant, however, would reduce the reliance on these substantially less efficient power plants that burn more emissions-intensive fuels, including fuel oil, effectively lowering the overall airborne emissions in our region.

Finally, what the public needs to understand is that the design of the NBLG facility would allow more green energy sources of electricity, such as solar farms and offshore wind, to enter the electric supply mix. The NBLG plant can fill in the gaps that green energy facilities leave when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. An active NBLG facility would encourage more development of green energy projects for off-peak hours since NBLG could begin generating electricity with as little as 30-minutes notice. Those that support renewable energy projects should support the construction of efficient, gas-fired power plants to supplement green energy generating stations coming online years down the road.

Environmentalists choose to be obstructionists instead of working with their elected officials to support realistic energy projects like NBLG that provide the most amount of good while doing the least amount of harm. The Building and Construction Trades encourage all of our policy makers to check the facts before listening to those with a very narrow environmental agenda.

Patrick Kelleher is president of the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council. Rick Sabato is president of the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council.

NBLG STATEMENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL RALLY

(EAST RUTHERFORD) – North Bergen Liberty Generating (NBLG), a subsidiary of Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC), today issued the following statement:

“Generating electricity and protecting the environment should not be mutually exclusive.  NBLG is committed to building the safest, cleanest electric generating facility that current technology allows.  Reducing CO2, NOX, and SO2 emissions in the region can happen once our facility is built, and older, less efficient gas- and oil-fired power plants come offline.  Regardless of our project, however, if these existing power plants continue to operate at capacity, our overall regional air quality most likely will worsen.

“Understanding the need to remain good environmental stewards, NBLG is voluntarily participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to offset 100% of its net CO2 emissions.  Additionally, 130% of the allowable NOx and VOC emissions from the facility will be offset by the regional purchase of Creditable Emission Reductions.  We also designed our facility to use up to 9.4 million gallons per day of ‘grey water’ that otherwise could be discharged into the Hackensack River.  Finally, our facility would allow for more renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, to become part of the electricity supply mix, since our plant would fill the region’s electric needs when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.

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North Bergen Liberty Generating Statement Regarding Protester Claims

(EAST RUTHERFORD) – North Bergen Liberty Generating, LLC, a subsidiary of Diamond Generating Corporation, today issued the following statement in response to protesters of the proposed NBLG electric generating plant.

“Building an electric power plant and protecting the environment need not be mutually exclusive. NBLG believes that older, inefficient power plants must be replaced by the latest, most efficient, and environmentally advanced electric generating facilities, which is what we are proposing to build in a heavy industrial area of North Bergen Township.

“Our facility would displace less efficient – and higher emitting – forms of electric generation. This would allow NYISO to generate significantly less electricity at existing inefficient oil and natural gas-fired plants within New York City. Over the first 15 years of NBLG’s operations, an average reduction of approximately 25-percent in annual emissions of NOx and 32-percent in annual emissions of SO2 from older power plants located in New York City is projected. For CO2, a 15-year savings of 15 million tons across the northeastern US is projected as a benefit of the higher efficiency and lower emissions intensity of the NBLG plant.

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North Bergen Liberty Generating Officials Host Discussion About Proposed Electric Generating Facility

(NORTH BERGEN) –  Representatives of North Bergen Liberty Generating, LLC, a subsidiary of Diamond Generating Corporation, today teamed with North Bergen Township Mayor Nick Sacco and other supporters to discuss in detail a proposal to build a 1,200 megawatt, natural gas-fired electric generating facility.

Speaking at the proposed site, North Bergen Liberty Generating (NBLG) Vice President of Development David Deutsch stated the reasons for the plant’s location, including the economic and environmental benefits.

“Our facility would be among the cleanest, most efficient power plants in the region,” said Deutsch.  “Our project would provide close to a thousand construction jobs, millions in new tax revenue for New Jersey and North Bergen, and safe, reliable power for the region.”

The $1.8 billion project would sit on a 15-acre site in a heavy industrial section of North Bergen Township at 94th Street near existing energy and utility infrastructure. The NBLG plant would use clean-burning natural gas and the latest combustion turbine technology to produce enough electricity to power approximately 1.2 million residences in New York City.

The project would connect electrically to New York City at Con Edison’s 49th Street substation via a 345 kilovolt underground and underwater cable crossing the Hudson River.

The Mayor noted that NBLG’s investment would provide significant tax relief to the residents of North Bergen.

“This project represents a once in a generation chance to add a major new source of tax revenue to North Bergen with no impact on residential neighborhoods and little to no strain on municipal services,” said Mayor Sacco. “I’m proud that NBLG has chosen to locate this project here and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them to make this vision into a reality.”

Members of the Bergen and Hudson County Building and Construction Trades applauded the prospect of working on a significant infrastructure project for the region.

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Opinion: View power plant’s benefits through a regional lens

As more information is becoming available about a proposed 1,200 megawatt electric generation facility in North Bergen, it is important for our community to embrace the strong economic and environmental benefits from a regional perspective – not fall prey to parochial prejudices that simply pit New Jersey and New York against each other.

First, let’s eliminate the hyperbole and be very clear – this proposed site is not located in the heart of the environmentally sensitive Meadows. Its proposed location is in a section of North Bergen zoned for heavy industrial use and on property currently being used for demolition and recycling.

The developers of the project have stated that the new facility would create thousands of construction jobs and provide millions in tax revenue for New Jersey and the Township of North Bergen. The project has been embraced by the municipality that will host the new plant. The electricity generated by the facility would go to 1.2 million residential and business customers in New York City.

It will help reduce costs for electric ratepayers in New York and help displace the operation of older, less efficient fossil fuel plants in the region – including the Indian Point nuclear plant. Overall, the new project is anticipated to result in material reductions of CO2, NOX and SO2 emissions in the New York metropolitan area.

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