New York environmental regulators last week announced they had denied required air permits for two proposed natural gas-fired power plants as the projects did not align with the state’s environmental goals.

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Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said the 437 MW Astoria Replacement Project and the 536 MW Danskammer Energy Center project do not “demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,” aka the Climate Act.

The Astoria project in Queens County is proposed by Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc, while Danskammer Energy LLC is behind the Danskammer project in Newburgh, Orange County. 

The denials of the Title V Air Permits were praised by Rep....