N.Y. Power Authority Conducts
Equipment Tests for Commercial Operation of New Power Plant in Queens
September 21, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—Equipment tests continue at a new power
plant in Astoria in preparation for the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
placing the facility in commercial operation by the end of the year.
The equipment tests, which began earlier this month
on one of the 500-megawatt project’s two combustion turbines, are a
standard practice for any new generating project before it is placed in
service. NYPA is currently testing the second turbine, which will
produce small amounts of electricity during the process, as it verifies
the equipment is operating as designed.
The new power plant, which features advanced
combined-cycle technology for greater fuel efficiency, burns clean
natural gas, with low-sulfur oil as a backup fuel. The hot gases
normally lost by older power plants during fuel combustion are captured
to drive a steam turbine, and generate additional amounts of
This will also contribute to making the new plant,
which is equipped with the latest emission controls, among the cleanest
generating facilities in New York City.
The Power Authority built the new combined-cycle
plant to help it continue to meet the electricity requirements of its
large government customers in New York City, who save hundreds of
millions of dollars a year in lower energy costs as NYPA customers. They
include schools, hospitals, municipal buildings, and the subways and
The New York Power Authority is the largest
nonfederal public power utility in the country. It also is a leader in
energy efficiency and pioneering alternative-generating technologies
like solar power and fuel cells.