Power plant proposal a no-go in Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE – A proposal aimed at landing a new power generation facility in Bainbridge was passed over Tuesday, meaning the economic opportunities and over 1,500 immediate jobs that it reportedly included will not be coming to Chenango County.

“With all the effort that was put into it,” said Rick Chase, supervisor for the Town of Bainbridge, “it’s very disappointing that we were not chosen.”

According to the plan’s developers, Virginia-based AES Energy, and local officials, the coal-burning facility could have created between $20 to $25 million in annual revenue and a number of economic opportunities for the county as an accessible energy source for new industries.

“I’m very disappointed in the decision,” said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford), who helped initiate talks between AES and local government and economic leaders. “I thought this site was superior to the other proposals based on its economic benefits and central location in the utility grid.”

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