New Power Plant Placed into
Commercial Operation in Queens by N.Y. Power Authority
December 31, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—New York City has a new clean source of
electricity to meet its future demand needs as a result of the New York
Power Authority (NYPA) placing into commercial service a 500-megawatt
power plant here that will be the cleanest and most efficient generating
facility ever built in the city.
“This is a milestone we’ve been looking forward to,”
said Joseph J. Seymour, chairman, NYPA. “The plant will provide greater
flexibility in the operation of less clean generating plants, making it
possible to reduce their use, especially during the peak-demand, summer
Seymour noted that the plant is the first new large
generating facility built in the city in decades. It incorporates a
combined-cycle technology for capturing heat normally lost in the
production of electricity, making it more fuel efficient and cleaner.
Natural gas powers two turbine-generators to produce power. The
resulting hot gases are then harnessed to create steam to drive another
The new plant, located on a 47-acre, East River site
shared by another NYPA generating facility, comes equipped with the most
advanced emission controls.
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 tax-supported schools, hospitals, municipal buildings, and the
subways and commuter trains.
In addition to providing them with economical
electricity, the Power Authority also invests heavily in
energy-efficiency, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on such
initiatives in the five boroughs. To date, these measures have reduced
peak electricity usage by nearly 92 megawatts, or enough to meet the
electricity requirements of about 75,000 homes, saving taxpayers
approximately $55 million a year. The efforts have also reduced
greenhouse gas emissions by more than 443,000 tons a year.