Citations honoring the NYPA and the Poletti project for its two decades of service, were presented by the office of the Queens Borough President and the New York City Council.
Power from the plant, as mentioned in the Mar. 5, 1997 issue, was supplied to more than 100 public agencies in New York City and Westchester County. Rappleyea noted that the project has helped save taxpayers millions of dollars on their electricity bills.
Despite these accolades, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) permanently ceased operations at the Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria. The end came at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 when the 885- megawatt generating unit was shut down for the last time.
This action was done in accordance with an agreement reached in September 2002, which recognized the benefits of replacing older power generating plants with new, more efficient generating capacity to improve air quality while continuing to meet energy needs.
–Jason D. Antos