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The Department of Environmental Protection is holding two public forums focusing on the new plans for a hydroelectric plant at the Cannonsville Reservoir.

DCAS is responsible for purchasing all the energy required to run New York City’s government, and for managing its energy use. Through managing the City’s energy portfolio, DCAS is at the heart of New York City’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint 80 percent by 2050 and to eventually convert 100 percent of its energy use for government operations to renewable electricity. DCAS is providing $9.8 million for the design and $7 million toward the construction of the hydroelectric plant at Cannonsville Reservoir to help the City meet these ambitious goals.

DEP will host two public meetings on December 14 to share additional information and answer questions about the revised plans for a hydroelectric plant at Cannonsville Reservoir. Those meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

9 a.m. at the Deposit State Theater, 148 Front St., Deposit, NY 13754
12:30 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Council office, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764

The proposed hydroelectric plant will include two 3-megawatt generators inside a 4,400-square-foot powerhouse adjacent to the West Delaware Release Chamber. The turbines will generate an estimated 32,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year—enough to power 3,547 homes, or the equivalent of taking 5,068 passenger vehicles off the road. The plant will avoid the emission of 23,666 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Electricity produced at the plant will be introduced into the grid through a new substation that will be constructed several hundred yards downstream of the dam. The project will create dozens of construction jobs, several full-time jobs to operate the finished plant, and it will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in new property tax revenue for the Town of Deposit and the Deposit Central School District.