The proposed plant would produce as much electricity as PSEG’s nearby Bergen Generating Station on Overpeck Creek in the Meadowlands. Photo by jag9889

Debate continues over a proposed $1.5 billion power plant that would be built in the Meadowlands, and send its electricity to New York City. The North Bergen Liberty Generating Project would produce 1,200 megawatts and could power as many as 1.2 million households.

The plant would require connections to the nearby Transco pipeline for natural gas and the Bergen County Utilities Authority across the Hackensack River for treated wastewater to cool the facility. A 6.5-mile underground cable would go from the plant through North Bergen, Fairview, Cliffside Park and Edgewater before crossing the Hudson River to Con Edison’s 49th Street substation.

Local officials see the plant as an economic boon to Bergen County. Environmentalists see it as a step back for the state and its clean energy goals and question the need for a plant serving out-of-state interests.