The Hecate Energy plant is proposed for residential and agricultural districts in Coxsackie, essentially converting them to industrial use for the next 25 years. The plant is being built under Article 10 of the NYS Public Service Law, which takes siting control away from municipalities and local residents. Consequently we have very little say in whether this project is completed, but we have a major stake in the results.
Saving Greene seeks to expand community awareness of the utility scale plant and its potential impact on our lives. Much of our opposition to the proposed plant centers around the sheer scale of this facility, which would be the largest of its kind built in a residential setting.
Hecate 1, 2, 3
933 acres in the Town and Village of Coxsackie
A major electric generating facility:
the project is expected to include roughly 180,000 such panels on three (possibly two) parcels
Hecate Energy has proposed to site a 50-megawatt utility scale solar plant on 933 acres of residential and agricultural land in the town and village of Coxsackie NY. Their literature promotes the many benefits to our community, however, upon closer investigation the benefits to our community would be negligible.
What we’ve accomplished:
Support from Coxsackie Town Supervisor, Richard Hanse, with endorsements from: US Congressman John Faso; Assemblyman Chris Tague; State Senator George Amedore; the entire Greene County Legislature; and Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans. See the letter with endorsements.
Comments to Hecate Energy Preliminary Scoping Statement
Preliminary Scoping Statement (PSS) Comments are now available - posted on July 8.
& Here are the PSS comments of Saving Greene’s lawyers and experts. As usual, they do an excellent job of identifying issues and suggesting what to do about them. The experts discuss 1) land use 2) environmental issues, and 3) visuals impact studies. Our own comments have been submitted separately (see the 'posted on July 8' link above).
July 18 - Article 10 pre-application Conference held
An Article 10 pre-application conference for the Hecate Greene project was held on 18 July 2018 at the Coxsackie Village building. Two administrative law judges were present to hear questions and possibly make rulings on previously submitted intervenor funding requests.
Today's trivia: I've heard a lot of people ask about the name "Hecate" as in "Hecate Energy..." and most folks seem confused about how to pronounce it. The name is Greek (as in the goddess of witchcraft and crossroads) so--as Hecate Energy says on their Web site--it's pronounced “HEK-uh-tee” rather than the more "refined"-sounding "HEK-uh-tay" or the basic English "HEK-ait." So now you know.