The president of the Northeast Region of NRG Energy Inc. says the company is committed to keeping the Dunkirk generating station operating "as long as possible."
In a letter to the community, which is published today on the Opinion page, Lee Davis writes about how the electric industry has changed over the last year due to the plummeting prices associated with natural gas. Davis also says his company is "not giving up on Dunkirk."
"No one is more motivated to address this issue than those who are directly affected, including our own employees at Dunkirk," Davis says. "We appreciate the strong and unwavering support of the local community, and especially the leadership of Sen. (Catharine) Young, who all recognize that NRG is doing everything possible to keep the Dunkirk plant in operation and at full employment."
Davis' remarks come only days after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made a stop in Dunkirk, which urged the company to continue to honor its payment in lieu of taxes agreement, which totals more than $16 million in 2013 and 2014.
County Executive Greg Edwards, who stood with Schumer, noted - more than once - NRG has not missed a PILOT payment and is in good standing with the county, city and school district.
Complete letter from Davis is on Page A4.