Holley seeking additional power from NYPA, not National Grid

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 August 2014 at 12:00 am


HOLLEY – Thursday’s article about Sen. Charles Schumer seeking more Superfund dollars to cleanup up contaminated sites, such as the former Diaz Chemical, included comments from Mayor John Kenney.

He said the village has been seeking more power allocations from National Grid. The additional power would help the village attract industry and also provide the electricity for a cleanup project at Diaz, he said. The EPA wants to heat contaminated soil to get rid of contaminants. But that could take 3 to 5 megawatts of power.

New York Power Authority determines the power allocations and so far hasn’t approved the added electricity for Holley.

“We don’t allocate power to municipal utilities,” said National Grid spokesman Steve Brady. “We are simply the delivery mechanism that gets them their power, but the power itself would have to come from either NYPA or the wholesale market.”