A co-generation power plant in Ogdensburg is hoping to expand its operations and is lobbying state lawmakers for support.
Senate Energy Committee chairman George Maziarz and Sen. Patty Ritchie toured the plant Tuesday.
It provides steam to heat the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. The energy company is hoping to build a new $18 million biomass boiler to sell low-cost power to the state.
"Sen. Ritchie has done an excellent job of making me aware how important the Psych Center is to this area -- all of New York state -- and also the correctional facility is," Maziarz said.
"It's sort of a unique situation where you have a co-gen facility located right here on the grounds supplying that power," he said.
"The co-gen is extremely critical and that's why it was so important to have Sen. Maziarz, who's the chair of the energy committee, come up and hear first hand about the co-gen facility," Ritchie said.
A meeting with the governor's staff is scheduled for December 10.
Monday, July 6, 2015, Watertown, NY
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