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Public hearing Monday on future of Cayuga Power Plant

A public hearing regarding the future of the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing gets underway tonight.

In March, NYSEG issued a report recommending that the plant be shut down in favor of upgrading transmission lines.

But the plant’s owners have proposed converting the plant’s operations from coal to natural gas.

In response to that proposal, some town boards have called for the plant to be converted to renewable energy sources.

The Ulysses Town Board recently passed such a resolution. Ulysses Town Supervisor Liz Thomas voted in support.

“We don’t have a clean energy policy at either the federal or state level, and so we’re left with mixing up this tax issue for Lansing and the county with what’s the right thing to do for our energy future,” Thomas said. “When there are alternative and cleaner fuels we can use, why not do that?”

It’s a decision that’s ultimately left up the state’s Public Service Commission, but they are asking for the public’s input.

The public hearing on the plant’s future will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Lansing Middle School.

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