Legislation

                           Caithness Energy Facility


    When Connie Kepert first learned of the plan to build an Energy Facility within the 4th Council District she had great concern. Then Ms. Kepert spent months researching the proposed facility.  “I found that we currently rely on power plants that are over 40 years old.  Imagine the environmental predicament we would be in if we all drove 40 year old cars.  Now imagine that all of those cars are replaced with 2006 hybrid vehicles. The result is obvious; we would have the same amount of cars on the road, but far less pollution,” stated Councilwoman Kepert.


Caithness is a combined cycle plant, which means it captures the heat, which normally escapes from the stacks of other power plants and uses that heat to create additional power.  Caithness, therefore, uses 65% less fuel than older plants such as Port Jefferson.  The savings in fuel is significant, not only because it conserves energy, but also because

LIPA is required to buy its power from the most efficient plants first.


“As your Town Council representative, I have done everything I can to insure that the building of an energy facility within the 4th District will result in cleaner air and a healthier environment.”  Below is a break down detailing how the Caithness Energy Facility will help to clean the environment.


    ·The Caithness Energy Facility is 64% more fuel efficient than the Power Plants we rely on today.


    ·LIPA predicts ratepayers will save over $80million a year on fuel costs alone when the Caithness Energy Facility is on line and fully operational.


    ·Global warming is a serious threat facing our planet. Caithness will offset the release of 640,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.


    ·Caithness will offset enough pollutants from older dirtier Power Plants to equal taking 125,000 cars off the roadway.


    The Caithness Energy Facility will be the cleanest facility in the entire northeastern United States.


Councilwoman Connie Kepert Negotiated an  Historic Host Benefit Package


Over the next 20 years Caithness will generate $139,000,000 worth of tax revenue.  Since the project is located within the South Country School District, the South Country School District will be able to take advantage of  approximately $100 million dollars of additional tax revenues.


Furthermore, Councilwoman Kepert worked to insure that, even though the plant is not located within their boundaries, the Longwood School District, and Patchogue-Medford School District will both receive $1 million dollars, at commencement of construction of the Caithness facility.


Ms. Kepert was able to negotiate a $5 million community development package to support projects in vicinity of the plant, and an additional $1 million dollars toward the building of a community center in North Bellport.  


Caithness will contribute $25,000 per year to a scholarship program for students of the Longwood, Patchogue-Medford and South Country School Districts.