Rise Light & Power unveils offshore wind transmission proposal

Rise Light & Power unveiled its Queensboro Renewable Express (Queensboro) plan, an offshore wind transmission project that aims to bring energy to Queens and replace existing fossil fuel generation.

This announcement follows the release of Rise’s Renewable Ravenswood vision, which aims to transition Ravenswood Generating Station from New York City’s largest fossil fuel power plant to a hub of renewable energy.

Rise has been developing the Queensboro project for more than two years. It 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 (HVDC) cables.

Multiple sets of transmission cables could bring up to 3.9 GW of offshore wind power from the Atlantic Ocean, through the Verrazano Narrows, Upper New York Bay, and East River to the Ravenswood site in Queens, avoiding any impacts to beaches, public streets, or other property. According to Rise Light & Power, by landing the cables at Ravenswood – a 27-acre waterfront industrial site in Queens – the project will leverage existing infrastructure to lower costs and improve efficiency.

The project will use existing infrastructure to connect to adjacent substations, aimed to significantly reduce community impacts, risk, and cost. Unlike almost every other offshore wind farm in the United States, as well as other proposed cable landings in New York, Queensboro will not be buried under a public beach, nor will it require the disturbance of municipal roads or any real estate outside of the existing Ravenswood site.

“As home to New York City’s largest power generator, there are countless reasons to interconnect gigawatts of new offshore wind energy at the Ravenswood site,” said Clint Plummer, Chief Executive Officer of Rise Light & Power. “We can leverage our existing infrastructure and waterfront location to deliver a low-cost, low-risk offshore wind transmission system. Queensboro Renewable Express, as part of the larger Renewable Ravenswood vision, is designed in partnership with our neighbors and community, and we are excited to make it a reality.”

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