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LIPA trustees renew power plant contract

October 3, 2012 6:16:01 AM PDT
Despite opposition from environmentalists, Long Island Power Authority trustees voted to approve a new 15-year-old contract for dozens of National Grid power generators.

The contract, valued at over $241 million a year, includes the option to upgrade the three largest plants while saving about $2 million annually. Tuesday's vote was 8-1.

Newsday says the contract provides LIPA with access to 50 different National Grid generating units at 12 locations, including big steam plants at Northport, Port Jefferson and Island Park.

LIPA and supporters says the pact is needed in order to keep the lights on and meet regulatory capacity requirements. They say it also helps further the overhaul of plants to cleaner-burning power.

Environmentalists say the contract locks-in fossil-fuel plants and limits LIPA's ability to transition to cleaner energy.

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