Governor Corbett Praises NRG Decision to Keep Open New Castle Electric
Availability of Natural Gas Helping to Save 40 jobs; Create 50-100 New Jobs
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 25, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett
issued the following statement in response to the announcement by NRG Energy
that the company will convert its electric generation facility in New Castle,
Lawrence County to operate on natural gas. The facility's former owner,
Gen-On Energy Inc., announced last year that it would close the 330-megawatt
facility in April 2015 because of costly federal environmental control
"I am very pleased that NRG Energy committed to re-examining the decision to
close the New Castle power facility," Corbett said. "The ability to use
affordable and abundant natural gas, while meeting new emission standards, was
a key factor in helping to retain the jobs of 40 employees who faced an
uncertain future. Additionally, this conversion will help to create 50 to 100
temporary new construction jobs.
"I am appreciative of NRG Energy's CEO David Crane and his team for their
commitment to Pennsylvania families and workers. This announcement
demonstrates the positive impact safe and responsible natural gas development
is having on Pennsylvania's economy."
Media Contact: Eric Shirk, 717-783-1116
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
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