TOWN OF ULSTER – A Chicago-based company is looking to build a $20 million 20-megawatt hybrid power plant in the Town of Ulster to supplement the state power grid.

Glide Path Power Solutions wants to put the power plant on five of the 120 acres it has secured south of Miron Lane and Frank Sottile Boulevard between Routes 32 and 9W. The Hudson Valley Mall is a quarter mile or so to the north. A development of about 100 homes is located on the western edge of the larger site.

The power plant itself would sit on about four acres in the middle of the wooded area. The power plant would be able to use either large batteries or natural gas to power the generators, Peter Rood, chief development officer for Glide Path, said Tuesday. It would be the first power plant in the nation to use that combination, he said. It will also have a diesel fuel oil backup system, he said.

The power plant’s goal is to support the state’s power grid, Rood said, hence the name: the Lincoln Park Grid Support Center. When the grid needs a power boost, the Lincoln Park center kicks into gear; when the grid has excess power, the Lincoln Park center can take it and store it in its batteries, Rood said. All that means the use of power plant is hard to predict. It is expected to operate from 6 to 14 hours daily, according to documents filed with the town.

The town has declared itself the lead agency for the environmental review of the project. The town has set a meeting for Feb. 22 to discuss the scope of the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Town Supervisor James Quigley III said, “The town is dedicated to completing the process and compiling all the studies to come up with answers, not just speculative statements.”

Multiple environmental organizations and citizens groups are concerned about various project impacts, property values and air emissions among them.

Laura Hartmann of Sunset Gardens is part of, a group formed recently. “If they (the town board) rush this through, I don’t think they are taking the best interest of the public to heart,” she said.