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The steep commitment of making Huntley clean

  A couple of weeks before Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer took office, his predecessor gave conditional approval to NRG Energy for a clean-coal power plant at its Huntley Station in the Town of Tonawanda.

   Cutting-edge technology to capture and store carbon dioxide -- reducing greenhouse emissions -- does not come cheap. And 15 months later, it's not getting any cheaper.

  NRG officials said Thursday they need $430 million to close the gap before the $1.5 billion project can proceed. Federal incentives may help, but what kind of commitment should the state make?

  -- Janice L. Habuda

   

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