Plan Would Convert New York City’s Largest Power Plant To An Offshore Wind Hub

The owner of New York City’s largest power plant has released plans to redevelop the site on the East River as a renewable energy hub.

Rise Light & Power’s Queensboro project would provide a landing for multiple sets of transmission cables that would bring up to 3.9 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power from the Atlantic Ocean through the Verrazano Narrows, Upper New York Bay, and East River to the site of the 2,480-megawatt (MW) Ravenswood plant in the Queens Borough of New York City.

Rise Light & Power said the route would avoid any impacts to beaches, public streets, or other property and leverage existing infrastructure to lower costs and improve efficiency. Rise Light & Power is a subsidiary of LS Power, which owns the oil- and gas-fired Ravenswood plant.

Earlier this month, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul issued the third in a series of solicitations, seeking to purchase 2,000 MW of offshore renewable energy credits.

Success of the Queensboro project is contingent on being selected in New York’s offshore wind solicitation.

New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets a goal of developing 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035. There are over 4,300 MW of offshore wind projects under development in New York.

Rise has been developing the Queensboro project for more than two years and has completed 255 miles of geophysical surveys in New York Harbor to determine the safest and most efficient location for buried, submarine, high-voltage direct current cables.

The project would use existing infrastructure, reducing the need for transmission upgrades and providing a highly cost-effective offshore wind interconnection solution, LS Power said.

In addition to cost advantages, the Queensboro project provides the opportunity to permanently replace Ravenswood’s 1960s-era fossil fuel generation capacity and provide continued employment for the plant’s union workforce, LS Power said.