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Higgins says Niagara power could ease loss from Huntley Station

Dramatic increases in the wholesale price of electricity since the closing of the Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda on Feb. 29 are prompting Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, to call on the New York Power Authority to protect consumers by making more power available from the Niagara Power Project.

Higgins says he has “serious concerns about the long-term impact these market increases could have on Western New York residential and business customers if left unaddressed. NYPA has the capacity to fix this problem, and must fix this problem, as their federal mandates demand.”

The power authority estimates that the Niagara Power Project has enough production capacity to make up for what was lost by closing the Huntley Station, Higgins added, but “transmission constraints between the Niagara Power Project and Buffalo prevent this.” In a letter to the authority, Higgins calls for action to “enhance transmission and/or production to help stabilize rates.”