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Schumer asks approval of $100M hydroelectric project

Schumer asks approval of $100M hydroelectric project

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on a federal regulatory agency to approve a license for hydroel

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on a federal regulatory agency to approve a license for a hydroelectric project in the community that would cost $100 million to construct and create about 2,000 jobs.

The Green Island Power Authority filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to increase the peak generating capacity from the current 6 megawatts to 48 megawatts at the plant on Hudson River. The generating plant is adjacent to the Federal Dam and lock that spans between the village of Green Island and Troy.

“Approval of this application will allow us to produce more clean power, create hundreds of jobs and provide access to area fisherman,” said Schumer. “Moving this process forward is obviously in the best interest of everyone in the community, and I will do everything I can, working with GIPA and FERC, to ensure that the application is reviewed as soon as possible.”

A spokeswoman for FERC said the review process for an application can take up to two years. The process is governed by statutory guidelines, she said.

Schumer spokesman Max Young said the senator has identified this project as something that would help the region and “so we are acting on it.”

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