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Reed Lauds Chautauqua Community on Nrg Decision

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Washington, DC, December 16, 2013 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed today gave high praise to the Chautauqua County community on its efforts to keep NRG open and operational in Dunkirk. The Sunday announcement that NRG will repower with natural gas was met with praise from Congressman Reed, local and state officials and Chautauqua County residents who all added their voice in support of repowering.  

“The support from the local Chautauqua community is what ultimately made this decision a reality and the victory goes to them,” Congressman Reed said. “The community wrote letters, made phone calls and circulated petitions in what was a loud, unified, cohesive message. They made their voices heard and we have them to thank for the positive outcome. Kudos to the community and kudos to all who accomplished what was a successful team effort.”

Reed weighed in heavily with the Governor’s office, the Public Service Commission (PSC), and National Grid to voice what he and many at the state and local level felt was the necessary path for NRG: repower with natural gas to save jobs, create more jobs, and keep the plant in the community.     

“It’s amazing what you can get accomplished when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit,” Reed continued. “The fight to repower the plant with natural gas keeps in place necessary infrastructure that will put Western New York in a position for a manufacturing renaissance. The decision is a win for the community not only today, but in the years to come as we see this manufacturing rebirth play out.”

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