Cuomo calls for probe into NRG handling of Dunkirk plant

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for an investigation of NRG Energy’s handling of its Dunkirk power plant.

In a letter to the Public Service Commission Wednesday, Cuomo describes what he calls grave concerns about the New Jersey company’s behavior in the wholesale market and impact on the state.

NRG announced plans to mothball the coal-fired plant in 2012 but kept it operating through 2015 after receiving more than $110 million from National Grid ratepayers.

The Democratic governor says NRG was supposed to convert the plant to natural gas and he wants to know why that didn’t happen and how that’s affected consumers.

NRG spokesman David Gaier says NRG stands by everything it’s done and is surprised by the letter. He says the company will respond more fully in the days ahead. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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