It came out of nowhere. Driving home from Port Jervis, NY on I-84, there were beautiful rolling green hills and trees as far as the eye could see, until this hulking behemoth appeared from the landscape. Giant? Yes. Out of place? Absolutely. But what exactly is it?

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Mystery Building in Orange County, NY

For a second I was transported to the industrial corridor in Newark, NJ. Mile after mile, smokestacks and enormous industrial buildings make you realize why everyone loves to say that Jersey has a particular stench. That's what was so odd about this huge structure just outside of Goshen. It doesn't look like it belongs. Here's what I found out.

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The CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda, NY

The building on the side of I-84 is technically in Wawayanda, NY, just outside of Goshen, is owned by Competitive Power Ventures. I wasn't aware there was a literal competition in producing energy, but the company describes themselves as "experienced energy professionals dedicated to increasing America’s energy sustainability by providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible electric power". They also have some fascinating facts about the nearly-$1 billion building in Orange County, NY.

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CPV Valley Energy Center Details

As the company name implies, the building is in fact a power generating station (technically named the CPV Valley Energy Center), featuring both steam and gas-powered turbines. Completed in 2018, the structure is able to produce enough power to run over 600,000 homes. They also say the high-efficiency nature of their turbines has saved over one million tons of CO2 gas to date.

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So the next time your driving down the interstate and your passenger incredulously asks, "what is that thing?!" you can easily reply, "the gas and steam turbines of the CPV Valley Energy Center, duh". Want to avoid energy bills of ANY kind? Check out this awesome Catskills house below!

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