Rise Light & Power proposes repowering of fossil generation with offshore wind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 25/01/2023 Rise Light & Power, LLC

Rise Light & Power, LLC (Rise) announced a proposal in response to New York State's offshore wind solicitation which will be the nation's first renewable repowering of a fossil-fuel plant with power from offshore wind.

By securing an ownership stake in an offshore wind project, Rise Light & Power will be part of an offshore wind proposal to be submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on 26 January 2023.

The project will utilise existing energy infrastructure at Rise's Long Island City's Ravenswood Generating Station—New York City's largest power generator.

In late 2022, Rise submitted an Article VII application requesting that the New York State Public Service Commission approve a submarine electric system – the Queensboro Renewable Express – to deliver offshore wind energy over transmission in New York State to Ravenswood. This project, combined with the ownership stake in an offshore wind project announced today, follows on that application by extending into Federal waters and connecting one of the two Queensboro Renewable Express 1,310 MW circuits to an offshore wind farm, which would lead directly to the retirement of one of the plant's 1960s era fossil fuel generators. This retirement is in addition to already retiring 500 MW of peakers at Ravenswood.

The transmission project will reuse existing physical and electrical infrastructure. Additionally, the project seeks to establish an offshore wind operations and maintenance hub at Ravenswood.

The project would bring a HVDC conductor cable onshore at the existing Ravenswood site where it would interconnect via underground HVAC cables to the NYISO bulk electric system at existing substations adjacent to Ravenswood.

"The renewable repowering of Ravenswood will serve as a model of how to work with communities and repurpose transmission infrastructure to save ratepayers money. The repowering of Ravenswood with offshore wind is a community-driven approach to invest in a disadvantaged community and support New York in meeting its clean energy and economic goals,"
said Clint Plummer, Chief Executive Officer of Rise Light & Power. "Importantly, the project commits to the just transition and upskilling of the Local 1-2 UWUA union workers at Ravenswood through training programs and job opportunities associated with the project."

"The union employees of Local 1-2 who have been proudly running Ravenswood for decades are ready to put their valuable expertise to work in operating new renewable energy infrastructure for New York,"
said Jim Shillitto, President of Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2. "We thank Rise for their commitment to our workers' inclusion in the new green economy. This proposal to interconnect offshore wind, responsibly transition fossil fuel generation, and build a new operations and maintenance hub has our full support."