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Clean Air will sponsor a two-hour interactive workshop – "Toward Energy Democracy" from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the American Legion Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, that will explore renewable energy in the wake of the Huntley Coal Plant closure. Rebecca Newberry, executive director of Clean Air said after the 100-year old Huntley plant closed in 2016 a bro…

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Even though the Huntley Coal Power Plant closed in 2016, its future role in the Town of Tonawanda is still an issue, said Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger in his State of Town address Friday during a luncheon at the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce. "The big story will be the same in 2018, as it was in 2017 and 2016 and will be until we find a user for the large industrial site…

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The closing of the Huntley Power Plant is threatening to put a plug on 19 million gallons of "raw" water that several local industries get every day. For nearly a century, the coal-fueled Huntley Power Plant generated electrical power and provided the untreated water from the river to neighboring manufacturers like PeroxyChem, tire maker Sumitomo and 3M O-Cell-Sponge fo…

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The Tonawanda Town Board unanimously approved a $102 million budget for 2018 Thursday that will raise annual taxes about 8 cents per day, according to Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger. At an equalization rate of 39 percent, the average home is assessed at $50,000 and has an annual tax bill which will rise $29 -- from $1,287 to $1,316 -- at $3.61 per $1,000 in 2018. Th…

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State and local leaders vowed Wednesday to find a new clean energy purpose for the shuttered Huntley Power Plant on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda. "We are determined not to allow Huntley to become, like Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, sitting vacant and decaying for decades, to become an eyesore on the Tonawanda waterfront," Supervisor Joseph Emminger said. He s…

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Town of Tonawanda officials plan to issue an "Expression of Interest" to seek proposals from energy companies, site selectors and developers interested in redeveloping the Huntley Generating Station site in Tonawanda. The town officials will be joined by New York State, Erie County and Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district officials at a news conference Wednesday mo…

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After the closing of the Huntley Power Plant in 2016, a grassroots effort called Tonawanda Tomorrow looked at how the town could encourage economic development in its industrial corridor and beyond. Tonawanda Tomorrow concluded a 10-month study with it final report at the end of June, but the Tonawanda Town Board voted to continue the group's momentum by establishing a …

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The Town of Tonawanda didn't shut its doors after its biggest taxpayer, the Huntley Power Plant, closed just over a year ago, eliminating 79 jobs and nearly $6 million a year in property tax revenue. Instead, new and existing businesses continue to invest and expand in the town, cushioning the blow to Tonawanda's economy. Employers have added "at least" 200 jobs in t…

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NRG Energy officials met this week for the first time in more than a year with Town of Tonawanda officials to discuss the future of NRG's closed Huntley Power Plant site. "It's the first time in 16 months that we've had a face-to-face," said Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger, who has frequently lamented the lack of communication from NRG. Emminger declined to p…

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After nine months of planning and input from the community, Tonawanda Tomorrow will present its economic development plan for the town beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, with a news conference followed by light snacks and refreshments in the Community Room of the Phillip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. With the input of nearly 1,000 residents, business owne…

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The unveiling of Tonawanda Tomorrow's final draft of a plan on the future of the town will happen at 6:30 p.m. June 21 in the Phillip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. Tonawanda Tomorrow is a community-driven effort that was formed as a result of the closing of the Huntley Power Plant. When NRG Energy closed the Huntley plant in 2016, the town of Tonaw…

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Tonawanda Tomorrow publicly unveiled Wednesday night its general recommendations on how the Town of Tonawanda can grow its economy following the closing of the NRG Energy's Huntley Power Plant. Some highlights of the group's draft plan include: Embrace renewable energy and offer a balanced economy that isn't dependent on one or two industries. Encourage large em…

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The closing of NRG Energy's Huntley Power Plant last year became the catalyst for Tonawanda Tomorrow, a coalition effort to plan for the town's future and encourage a growing economy. The group will present to the public its draft plan for the town's future at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in the Phillip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. It's the culmination of nin…

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Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said Tuesday he wakes up every day thinking about the closed Huntley Power Generation Station. NRG Energy was the town's biggest taxpayer until it closed the plant in 2016. So Emminger wants to make sure the Huntley site gets redeveloped. "We do not want Huntley to become another Bethlehem Steel," he said. "I don't k…

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One of the few budget bills that did pass in the state Legislature this week put millions of extra dollars into the coffers of communities that lost tax revenues following the closing of power plants in the Town of Tonawanda and in Dunkirk. The closure of the Huntley Power Station was cushioned this year by the state's Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation F…