Earthjustice: NRG Files Petition to Sell Land Under Astoria, Queens Peaker Plant to Beacon Wind

September 17, 2022

Climate and Energy Justice, Environmental Justice, NRG Astoria, News, PEAK Coalition

Peaker plant facility against a daytime sky.

EARTHJUSTICE | SEPTEMBER 2022

Earthjustice reports that NRG-owned Astoria Gas Turbine Power aims to sell the land under the existing gas-powered peaker plant to Beacon Wind, creating electrical interconnection to their 1,230 MW wind project. The existing peaker units are responsible for harmful air pollution and contribute to Astoria’s nickname, “Asthma Alley.”

“This victory is for Astoria and all other environmental justice communities that have long maintained enough is enough… We remain steadfast in our fight for an emissions-free future for Asthma Alley residents and all New Yorkers in line with New York’s climate goals,” said Daniel Chu, NYC-EJA Energy planner on behalf of the PEAK Coalition-UPROSE, THE POINT CDC, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), and Clean Energy Group (CEG).

Read Chu’s full comments, positive remarks from other environmental justice leaders, and learn more about the impact of this win for climate activism at Earthjustice.

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