Harbor Station Wins 5-Year Reprieve

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BRIDGEPORT — Connecticut’s last coal-fired power plant has received a reprieve from death row.

Bridgeport Harbor Station has received a new " /files//#here">here operating permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The facility is owned by the Public Service Enterprise "blog/buyvalium//#"> (PSEG).

The 51-year-old cheap and oil-fired Harbor Station has an output of 529 megawatts and can supply electricity to nearly 530,000 homes when running at full capacity.

However, it seldom does. As of mid-summer of this year, the plant had been in operation only 24 days, according to Bridgeport city officials.

In addition, PSEG is the Park City’s third-highest taxpayer, with a 2010 property assessment of more than $152 million.

Although the plant has been a target of environmentalists, state environmental officials in September recommended to the feds that Harbor Station’s license be renewed.

The company is happy that state and federal officials supported the permit renewal, said PSEG spokesperson Lee Gray in a November 5 statement.

"The action will allow Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station to continue its mission of providing safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy to the cities of Connecticut and the region," she said.

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