New York Power Plants: Great Lakes Power Plants

Great Lakes Power Plants

AES Somerset

Photo: Matthew D. Wilson

Summary

The AES Somerset Power Station is a 675 megawatt coal-fired steam electric generating facility located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Barker. The power station has one generating unit that became operational in 1984.

AES Somerset uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 141 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 12,000 adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
675 279 141,169 12,445

Permitting Status:

AES Somerset's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit will expire on December 13, 2013.

James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant

Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Summary

The James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is an 825 megawatt nuclear-powered generating facility located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Lycoming,adjacent to the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station. The power station has one generating unit that became operational in 1975.

The FitzPatrick plant uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 18 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 240,000 adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
825 596 18,004,625 239,357

Permitting Status

The FitzPatrick plant's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit will expire on July 31, 2013.

Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

Summary

The Ginna Nuclear Power Plantis a 496 megawatt nuclear-powered generating facility located on the shore of Lake Ontario in the town of Ontario. The power station has one generating unit that became operational in 1970.

The Ginna plant uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 29 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 36,000 adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
496 490 28,616,000 35,612

Permitting Status

The Ginna plant's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit was renewed in November 2009, effective from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014.

Huntley Generating Station

Photo: Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Summary

The Huntley Generating Station is a 760 megawatt coal-fired steam electric generating facility located along the Niagara River in Tonawanda. The power station has two generating units that became operational in 1957 (Unit 67) and 1958 (Unit 68).

Huntley uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 105 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 97 million adult and juvenile fish -- the largest number of fish impinged by any single power plant in New York.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
760 846 105,500,000 and lt; 96,700,000

Permitting Status

The Huntley plant's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit expired on December 31, 2008.

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station

Summary

The Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Stationis a 1,757 megawatt nuclear-powered generating facility located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Lycoming, adjacent to the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. The power station has two generating units that became operational in 1969 (Unit 1) and 1988 (Unit 2).

Unit 1 at Nine Mile Point uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 87 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 1 million adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
1,757 490 86,700,000 1,061,900

Permitting Status

The Nine Mile Point plant's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permitwas renewed in July 2009, effective from December 1, 2009 through November 30, 2014.

Oswego Steam Station

Summary

The Oswego Steam Station is a 1,700 megawatt oil-fired steam electric generating facility located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Oswego. The power station has two generating units that became operational in 1976 (Unit 5) and 1980 (Unit 6).

The Oswego Steam Station uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 13 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 1,200 adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
1,700 1,399 12,824,104 1,246

Permitting Status

The Oswego Steam Station's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permitwas renewed in March 2010, effective from June 1, 2010 throughMay 31, 2015.

Dunkirk Steam Station

Photo: Matthew Trump

Summary

The Dunkirk Steam Station is a 600 megawatt coal-fired steam electric generating facility located on the shore of Lake Erie in Dunkirk. The power station has four generating units that became operational in 1950 (Units 1 and 2), 1959 (Unit 3) and 1960 (Unit 4).

Dunkirk Station uses a once-through cooling system that is responsible for entraining 48 million fish eggs and larvae each year and impinging another 63 million adult and juvenile fish.

Megawatts Water Withdrawn (million gallons/day) Entrainment (annual) Impingement (annual)
600 579 47,940,000 62,778,786

Permitting Status

The Dunkirk Steam Station's State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permitwas renewed in March 2010, effective from May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2015.