The Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is a 1,100 megawatt plant under construction in Dover Plains, New York. It aims to receive out-of-state fracked gas through the Iroquois Gas Transmission System, a pipeline project co-owned by TransCanada and the Virginia-based fossil fuel powerhouse Dominion Resources. Advanced Power, a Switzerland-based private energy infrastructure company, will own and operate the plant. The plant is set to begin operations in 2020, but the growing region is beginning to move from legislative and legal opposition to planning direct action.

Given there are alternatives that CVEC has generated intense opposition from community members. The project should raise alarm for a number of reasons aside from its destructive impact on the climate.

The plant is largely backed by private equity investors, many headquartered outside the U.S., who see it as merely another medium through which to cash in – even if this happens at the expense of surrounding communities and the environment. The plant also stands on shaky financial legs thanks to a possible transmission alternative from wind power.

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