Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) has issued the following statement

The following statement is attributable to Scott Curry, P.E., Project Director, Cricket Valley Energy Center Project:

Cricket Valley Energy Center thanks the New York State Police and Dutchess County Sheriff Department for their efforts in restoring order at our facility Saturday, November 16, and protecting the safety of our workforce and the public. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of motorists and others who may have been affected.

As construction of the 1,100-megawatt power plant nears completion and preparations are now underway to transition the site into operations on or before the guaranteed completion dates in early 2020, it is very dangerous to intrude on this site by illegal trespass. Cricket Valley Energy Center is a critical energy infrastructure facility, as defined by Homeland Security, and any attempts to interfere or damage this facility will be prosecuted in accordance with State and Federal law as applicable.

As has been true throughout the environmental review and permitting process for the Cricket Valley Energy Center, we welcome thoughtful, fact-based conversation with those who have questions or concerns about the project. All are invited to contact us via our website, www.cricketvalley.com, by phone or by email rather than compromising the safety of the men and women working at our facility and the public.

Cricket Valley Energy Center was approved and permitted following a rigorous environmental review by the State,  and has received all Federal, State and local permits to construct and operate. The permitting process also included a multi-year public outreach effort that included an office in Dover, NY, Advisory Working Group meetings, informational public meetings and State-sponsored public hearings, newsletters, fact sheets, brochures, email updates, and the maintenance of a project website. The plant is currently operating during test and startup and will become fully operational in early 2020. It will be one of the cleanest facilities of its kind, providing energy to 1,000,000 homes, $4 million per year in tax revenue, to the Town of Dover and the Dover Union School District.

Natural gas-powered electric plants supply communities with clean, reliable electric power when solar and wind energy are unavailable, and help displace older coal-burning plants. Detailed information about the plant along with contact information, is available on the website, www.cricketvalley.com.