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My name is Ron Johnson and I reside at 23 University Park, Fredonia. I am a Chautauqua County businessman and the owner and operator of Johnson Adult homes. As a matter of full disclosure, I am the 2013 Democratic and Independence candidate for Chautauqua County executive.”

“As a Chautauqua County businessman, I fully and absolutely support the plan put forward by NRG to re-power the NRG electric generation station in Dunkirk, NY.”

“The cost and benefit for re-powering has been carefully calculated and weighed by NRG; our nation’s largest independent power producer.”
“As a taxpayer and private sector businessman, I urge that we simply get out of the way and let NRG do its business of selling power. Get out of the way and allow Chautauqua County a permanent, stable, and clean supply of Electrical power.”

“The delivery system is designed for base load generation in the Dunkirk Area. Elimination of the Dunkirk plant makes reliable power in this region suspect. We must not create a situation where our community, our region and our state is dependent on power generated in Pennslyvania, Ontario and other areas not subject to our strict environmental protections.”

“Chautauqua County will need power from the NRG plant in the years to come. I do not accept that a weak economy is our fate. Chautauqua County’s economy can grow. Our existing industries can expand. New industries can be attracted to Chautauqua County. Industrial growth will mean a demand for more electricity from the NRG plant in Dunkirk. “

“There is no reason that the population and job growth realized across our state will not come true in Chautauqua County.”

“Let’s not assume decline and stagnation as the future of Chautauqua County and Western New York. Let’s assume, instead, growth and prosperity as the future of our community.”

“Without NRG power generation right here in Chautauqua County, our County cannot achieve its potential.”

“You on the PSC play an important role as New York’s watchdog, protector and regulators of utilities within our state. I personally thank-you for your important service to our state. Today, I ask for your support of this very important Chautauqua County and New York State business proposal. This is absolutely what is in the best interest of New York and Chautauqua County economies and its people.”