The New York State Public Service Commission on Nov. 3 went out for comment until Nov. 18 on a request by Fortistar North Tonawanda Inc. for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to sell thermal energy to Wheatfield Gardening LLC, a local greenhouse facility that produces vegetables.
The company also seeks to be designated as a company eligible to produce and distribute steam heat. Fortistar is the owner and operator of a 55-MW, gas-fired cogeneration facility located in North Tonawanda. The facility sells energy, capacity and ancillary services exclusively at wholesale and, in addition, sells its thermal energy output through a steam pipe to Wheatfield.
Fortistar plans to reduce the volume of its thermal sales and, as a result, will no longer be regulated under federal jurisdiction and will be subject to the commission’s jurisdiction as an electric and a steam corporation. Therefore, Fortistar would be required to obtain a certificate from the commission to operate its steam facilities. No new construction is associated with Fortistar’s facilities or the petition before the commission.
The commission plans a local public statement hearing on Nov. 9.