- Q: What is the CPV Fairview Energy Center?
A: The CPV Fairview Energy Center is an approximate 1,050 megawatt (“MW”) combined-cycle electric generating energy center, located in Jackson Township, Johnstown, PA.
- Q: What is a Combined Cycle Electric Generator?
A: A combined-cycle electric generator generates electricity from natural gas. The waste heat is used to make steam to generate additional electricity via a steam turbine. This highly efficient, state-of-the-art technology will generate local, cleaner electricity that reduces dependence on older power facilities and is better for our environment.
- Q: Why did CPV pick this location for the facility?
A: This site provides an optimal combination of factors that are important in deciding where best to locate an energy center, including on-site access to major 500kV transmission lines, close proximity to major natural gas pipelines, cooling water access, and highway access.
- Q: How big will the plant be?
A: The CPV Fairview Energy Center is an approximate 1,050 megawatt energy center and will occupy about 30 acres.
- Q: What is involved in getting permission to build an energy center in Pennsylvania? Is it a “done deal?”
A: First, it is not a done deal. We will initially look to ascertain that the energy center will be a good “fit” for the community and CPV. Then we will proceed to work with both the State and the community to ensure that we address any concerns regarding the energy center site and its operation. We will work with the community to address any resident concerns or local issues that they might have. All of this will be done in a very open and public process.
- Q: What is the process for community involvement during the review?
A: From the very beginning of the process, there will be ample opportunities for public participation, comment, and review from residents and relevant stakeholder groups. CPV will host an informational open house, along with other educational forums to inform the community about the project, the overall process and how they can become active participants. Throughout the process we will continue to actively inform the community and residents about meetings, important events, and general updates about the project’s progress.
- Q: What kind of tax benefits will there be for the community?
A: The community will benefit from the tax revenues during construction and operation, providing revenue to support vital public services, and school funding. We also make every effort to purchase local goods and services to benefit those living and working in the host community. Additionally, over the life of the CPV Fairview Energy Center, there will be both significant direct and indirect economic benefits from the ongoing operation and regular maintenance of the energy center.
- Q: How will the proposed energy center affect air quality?
A: The CPV Fairview Energy Center is a state-of-the-art energy center that will use the best available control technology to minimize emissions of pollutants. It will be fueled by natural gas which is by far the cleanest fossil fuel. The energy center will be highly efficient and thus will help displace older, less efficient power facilities in the region. Because these less efficient facilities are typically older and were built when less stringent emissions were mandated, the CPV Fairview Energy Center will ultimately improve air quality.
- Q: Will the facility be noisy during operations?
A: Modern energy centers are surprisingly quiet and this energy center will be required to meet all local and state noise quality standards.
- Q: Where will the water come from to run the power energy center, and how much will be needed?
A: The high efficiency design of this energy center will conserve water and protect natural resources. CPV is looking to source approximately 3-7 million gallons a day of raw industrial water provided by local water authorities. Due to the efficient nature of the project, the water utilized will be able to be cycled through the plant up to 6 times, minimizing the amount of water needed for operations.
- Q: Where will the natural gas come from to run the energy center?
A: Natural gas for the energy center will come from the Spectra TETCO gas transmission located approximately 1 mile north.
- Q: Will the energy center contribute to Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF)?
A: CPV’s experience is that any localized EMF due to the energy center is marginal and more importantly, is confined to the areas immediately around the generation turbines within the energy center. This issue will also be examined during the review process.
- Q: How many construction and operations jobs would this project create? Will they be hired locally?
A: At peak construction approximately 300 – 500 workers on site during an approximate 30-month construction schedule, with strong efforts being made to use local labor and materials to the greatest extent possible. Once operational, energy center staff will be approximately 21 - 25 full-time well-paying jobs.
- Q: How many trucks per day will be coming to and from the site?
A: While it’s hard to determine the number of trucks on a daily basis, a transportation plan that covers proposed truck routes will be established to minimize traffic disruptions and other inconveniences.
- Q: How long will it take to build the energy center?
A: The energy center is expected to be operational by 2019.
- Q: Will building this facility have a negative impact on property values in the area?
A: Based on information from other communities where facilities have been built, we have seen no decline in property values as a result of new electric generation infrastructure.