Public Notice for Hearing

STATE OF NEW YORK
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
CASE 22-T-0670 – Petition of Queensboro Development, LLC for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the Construction of Approximately 18.5 miles of Transmission Lines from the Boundary of New York State Waters to a Point of Interconnection in Queens, and Associated Equipment.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUMS AND PUBLIC STATEMENT HEARINGS, AND SOLICITING COMMENTS

On December 2, 2022, Queensboro Development, LLC (Queensboro) filed an application (Application) to construct, own, and operate the New York State components of the Queensboro Renewable Express, consisting of approximately 18.5 miles of transmission lines from the boundary of New York State waters to points of interconnection in Queens, New York, and associated equipment (the Project). The Project is proposed as a ±400 kilovolt (kV) merchant transmission facility with the capacity to deliver approximately 2.62 gigawatts of wind energy generated in federal waters into the New York Independent System Operator Zone J at the site of the Ravenswood Generating Facility in Queens, New York. The Project will be interconnected to the 345 kV Rainey Substation and the 138 kV Vernon Substation, which are owned and operated by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Prior to beginning construction of the Project, Queensboro must first obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the Public Service Commission (Commission) pursuant to Article VII of the Public Service Law. Under New York State Law, the Commission may adopt or reject Queensboro’s proposal, in whole or part, or modify it. In doing

so, the Commission will consider input from the participating parties and the public. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is presiding over the gathering of public comments and all evidence related to the Project. As indicated in this Notice, public statement hearings will be held to obtain comments from the public concerning Queensboro’s proposal.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that opportunities for public information and comment regarding Queensboro’s request will be provided as follows:

DATE: Tuesday, July 23, 2024

LOCATION: Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement 10-25 41st Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101

TIME: INFORMATION FORUMS 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. PUBLIC STATEMENT HEARINGS 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

During the scheduled information forums, maps of the proposed route will be available to review, and New York State Department of Public Service representatives will provide an overview of the Commission’s certification process. Queensboro will then present a brief summary of the Project. Members of the public will then have an opportunity to ask questions about the process and Queensboro’s pending Application.

Each information forum will be followed by a public statement hearing where those wishing to comment on Queensboro’s Application will have an opportunity to make a statement on the record before the ALJ. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance, or present written material to speak at a hearing. Persons will be called to speak after completing a request card. Each public statement hearing will be held open a minimum of 30 minutes and will be kept open until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record. A verbatim transcript of each public statement hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding.

Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations should call the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Management Office at 518-474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711. Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English are encouraged to call the Department of Public Service at 800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this Notice.

Other Ways to Comment
For those who cannot attend or prefer not to speak at the public statement hearings, there are several other ways to provide your comments. Comments should refer to “Case 22-T -0670” and must be received no later than September 23, 2024.
Internet or Mail: Go to www.dps.ny.gov, click on “File Search” (located under the heading “Commission Files”), enter “22-T-0670” in the “Search by Case Number” field, and then click on “Post Comments” at the top of the page.

Alternatively, comments may be mailed to the Hon. Michelle L. Phillips, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 12223-1350.1 All written comments will become part of the record considered by the Commission and may be accessed on the Department of Public Service website by searching the case number, as described above, and clicking on the “Public Comments” tab.

Toll-Free Opinion Line: Individuals may submit comments by calling the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is set up to take comments about pending cases from in-State callers 24-hours a day. These comments are not transcribed verbatim, but a summary is provided to the Commission.

The Application may be reviewed online at the Department of Public Service website, www.dps.ny.gov. To access documents, click on “File Search” (located under the heading “Commission Files”), and enter “22-T-0670” in the “Search by Case Number” field.

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE: For further information concerning the Project, interested persons may contact the following:

Michelle L. Phillips
Secretary to the Commission
New York Public Service Commission
Empire State Plaza, Agency Building 3
Albany, New York 12223-1350
Phone: (518) 474-6530, Fax: (518) 474-9842
Email: secretary@dps.ny.gov

Wil Fisher
Queensboro Development, LLC
Phone: (718) 706-2002
Email: Queensboro@riselight.com

Rise Light & Power Achieves Major Milestone to Bring Offshore Wind to New York, Advancing Transformation of City’s Largest Fossil-Fuel Plant

Commencement of Permitting Enables Offshore Wind Power to be Delivered to Ravenswood Years Ahead of Other Projects, Helping New York Achieve its Nation-Leading Climate Goals  

Enables Nation’s First Renewable Repowering, Replacing Fossil Fuel Generators with Offshore Wind, Delivering Victories for Environmental Justice and Union Labor

Long Island City, New York, May 14, 2024 – Rise Light & Power achieved a significant milestone in its plan to deliver offshore wind to New York City when the New York State Department of Public Service (NYS DPS) deemed its application complete last week and officially launched public review under Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law, which governs siting of major utility transmission facilities. 

“Today’s action keeps us on track to transform New York City’s largest power plant into a clean energy hub, with offshore wind at its center. We are grateful to Governor Hochul, our partners in government, labor and our community for sharing the vision for a Renewable Ravenswood,” said Clint Plummer, CEO, Rise Light & Power. “We are looking forward to a robust public review that will set the standard for a responsible energy transition by listening to our neighbors, collaborating with labor, and delivering benefits for all New Yorkers.”

Rise Light & Power owns and operates New York City’s largest fossil power plant, the Ravenswood Generating Station, which provides 20% of the City’s generating capacity.  In July 2022, Rise published a comprehensive redevelopment plan called Renewable Ravenswood, which seeks to transition Ravenswood into a state-of-the-art clean energy hub using a variety of renewable energy technologies including offshore wind.  

Rise submitted this Article VII application in December 2022, after completing 255 miles of geophysical surveys in New York Harbor to determine the safest and most efficient location for buried, underwater, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission cables. Multiple sets of these cables will bring up to 2.6 GW of offshore wind power from the Atlantic Ocean, through the Verrazzano Narrows, Upper New York Bay, and East River to the Ravenswood site. This approach avoids any impacts to beaches, public streets, or other private property, while also leveraging existing energy infrastructure at Ravenswood to lower costs and improve efficiency. Also in December 2022, Rise acquired an interest in the 1.4 gigawatt Attentive Energy One offshore wind project.

The Article VII permit is a key step towards Renewable Ravenswood, unlocking the delivery of clean energy and numerous other economic and environmental benefits. Offshore Wind, as part of the Renewable Ravenswood vision, has numerous benefits to New Yorkers, including:

Retirement of Fossil Generation

Offshore wind power, delivered directly into New York City, can replace existing fossil fuel generation and reduce the city’s emissions. The first offshore wind project interconnecting at Ravenswood will permanently retire an operating fossil-fired generator and replace its output with renewable energy from offshore wind.

Creation of Permanent Jobs

The Renewable Ravenswood plan also includes a new multi-story industrial building that contains a permanent offshore wind operations and maintenance hub, including control rooms, training facilities, and warehousing. The addition of the operations and maintenance hub at Ravenswood reactivates a portion of New York’s industrial waterfront, providing new, high-quality union jobs that will allow members of the UWUA Local 1-2 to continue powering New York.

New Onshore Clean Energy Hub (Illustrative concept only):This figure illustrates a preliminary design concept that illustrates the largest necessary volume that could be required.  More detailed architectural and design elements will occur in the future as the project progresses, and changes to the illustrative concept are expected. 

Job Training and Workforce Development

Rise and its partners will invest in local job training for its existing union workforce, members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2, while also investing in a pipeline of workers from nearby disadvantaged communities to operate the offshore wind industry in the years ahead.

Cost Effectiveness and Ratepayer Protections

By repurposing existing power infrastructure, reducing the need for expensive transmission upgrades, and bundling multiple cables into one corridor, this offers New York a highly cost-effective offshore wind interconnection solution.

Reuse of Industrial Land to Preserve Public Space

All new onshore infrastructure will be located on existing industrial real estate. Unlike almost every other offshore wind farm in the United States, as well as other proposed cable landings in New York, this project will not require disturbances to public beaches, nor will it require the disturbance of land outside of the existing Ravenswood site.

Community Involvement

Rise Light & Power maintains a commitment to transparent and accessible community engagement, engaging with over 600 individuals last summer and fall in interactive forums. Rise will host additional forums in the coming months to share project updates and receive feedback from community members, environmental advocates, labor leaders, elected officials, and local organizations. In addition to forums hosted by Rise Light & Power, the Department of Public Service is expected to facilitate Public Information Sessions and Public Statement Hearings this summer.

Today’s milestone, and the continuing progress of the Renewable Ravenswood plan, drew broad support from across the City and State:

“Achieving climate justice lies in making the investments to create impactful renewable energy projects,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. “I am extremely excited by Renewable Ravenswood plan to transition New York City’s largest fossil fuel burning generating facility to renewable energy. This project can set a national precedent as the first renewable repowering of a fossil burning generator. Ravenswood Generating Station becoming ‘Renewable Ravenswood’ means supporting our climate goals with a new clean energy operations and maintenance hub for offshore wind, generating new green union jobs, and benefiting frontline environmental justice communities from Queensbridge to Ravenswood and beyond. This new offshore wind and land-based renewable energy project will not only sustainably power our communities but also lower energy costs and create more jobs for working families here in Queens and upstate New York.”

“Congratulations to Rise Light & Power, whose achievement today puts us one step closer to meeting our State’s renewable energy targets and one step closer to bringing clean air, affordable energy, and high-quality union jobs to this community for generations to come,” said State Senator Kristen Gonzalez.

“I am very pleased to see Renewable Ravenswood taking this significant step toward becoming a reality,” said State Senator Liz Krueger. “This project will have a significant positive impact on the air my constituents breathe and the climate we all share, and it demonstrates the kind of across-the-board wins that are possible when New York State embraces the transition to a decarbonized future.”

“Today’s announcement is a great step toward bringing green union jobs and investments to this historically marginalized environmental justice community,” said Council Member Julie Won. “We need to continue to invest in renewable energy in our city that will continue to lower harmful emissions, provide sustainable power, and bring us one step closer to our long term environmental goals.”

“This permitting milestone represents significant progress in the journey towards a cleaner, greener future,” said Chair of the New York City Council Energy Committee James Gennaro.  “Rise Light & Power is at the forefront of transforming New York City’s largest power plant into a state-of-the-art clean energy hub, and today brings us ever closer to that goal. We applaud Rise Light & Power’s dedication to environmental stewardship and forward-thinking initiatives as they pave the way to a more sustainable energy landscape.”

“For the future of our city and the health of our planet, it is vital that we get clean energy production facilities online, swiftly and at scale,” said Council Member Tiffany Cabán. “I applaud this advancement of the vision for a fully renewable NYC and am excited for the further steps toward a fossil-free future that it will make possible.”

“UWUA Local 1-2 members have kept the lights on in New York for 60 years. That passion and commitment deserves the kind of respect and acknowledgement that Rise Light & Power will deliver,” said James Slevin, President of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). “As the Renewable Ravenswood vision becomes reality, we are proud our members will be the first conventional power plant workers in the United States to retrain to operate and maintain an offshore wind project. There’s nobody better to power this groundbreaking new project.”

“Renewable Ravenswood reflects the need to undertake a just transition as we move to clean energy,” said James Shillito, President of Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2. “We are off to a great start with Rise Light & Power’s progress on developing clean energy transmission and look forward to upskilling our members and ensure our workers who keep New York City’s lights on aren’t left in the dark. These are the first steps to advance the Renewable Ravenswood vision, which will create even more opportunities for organized labor.”

“There is no clean energy transition without transmission and this milestone shows a true commitment by Rise Light & Power and New York State to replace aging fossil fuel generators in Western Queens and to deliver gigawatts of offshore wind power to New York City,” said Julie Tighe, President of New York League of Conservation Voters. “The Renewable Ravenswood plan is the perfect example of how building our green economy goes hand-in-hand with advancing environmental justice.”

“New York has been a leader on fighting climate change and protecting our residents and businesses by transitioning from fossil fuel power generation to clean, renewable sources,” said NYC Chief Climate Officer Rohit T. Aggarwala. “Not only does today’s announcement bring us an important step closer to making offshore wind power a reality in New York City, it continues the momentum for a strong statewide program and the promise of cleaner, healthier air in Western Queens.”

“This milestone is a meaningful step towards completing our strategy to ensure a just energy transition for all New Yorkers,” said Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice Executive Director Elijah Hutchinson. “The City is  focused on helping repurpose aging power plants that have burdened disadvantaged communities into renewable energy projects and economic hubs that deliver meaningful benefits to our frontline communities.”

“The renewable repowering of the Ravenswood site in Long Island City will play an integral role in advancing New York City’s just transition to a clean energy future and establishing the city as a national hub for the offshore industry,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President & CEO Andrew Kimball. “We congratulate the Rise Light & Power team on its progress towards transforming a major fossil-fuel plant into a clean energy hub and empowering the existing workforce in the community to be part of the opportunities the green economy presents.”

“Today we are one step closer to the transformation of the Ravenswood Generating Station that public housing families in Western Queens have long awaited,” said Bishop Mitchell Taylor, CEO of Urban Upbound. “We applaud New York State and Rise Light & Power for their tireless work advancing this critical project. Our community deserves cleaner air and environmental justice, and we will continue to fight for the Renewable Ravenswood vision until it is a reality.”

“When it comes to environmental justice, it doesn’t get much better than replacing fossil fuel generators with wind power,” said Corinne Haynes, President of Queensbridge Houses Residents Association. “Queensbridge, the largest public housing development in the United States, was built more than 20 years before the power plant. After decades of living on the front lines, we thank Rise Light & Power for their proposal to clean up our air and create good jobs for the local community.”

“This announcement is a breath of fresh air that Ravenswood has needed for a long time,” said Carol Wilkins, President of Ravenswood Houses Residents Association. “My neighbors and I appreciate the commitment that Rise Light & Power has shown to this neighborhood and welcome new clean energy to Queens!”

“Rise Light & Power shows up for our community time and time again,” said Nan McKie, President of Woodside Houses Residents Association. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this vision to become a reality and I am proud of the advocacy of my neighbors in Woodside to make this happen. Congratulations and let’s get to work.”

“My neighbors and I have advocated for years to turn Asthma Alley into Renewable Row,” said Costa Constantinides, Chief Executive Officer of Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens. “The decision by the NYS DPS to proceed with its review of this project is a watershed moment for environmental justice in Queens and beyond. I applaud everyone who pitched in to make this happen and look forward to the swift implementation of the entire Renewable Ravenswood vision.” 

“Long Island City is ready to welcome new offshore wind energy into our neighborhood,” said Laura Rothrock, President of Long Island City Partnership. “Complex infrastructure projects like Renewable Ravenswood require careful planning, and I am thrilled to see Rise Light & Power reach this important permitting milestone. We are excited to support their work in building the green economy right here in Western Queens.” 

“Renewable Ravenswood is a futureproof investment in New York’s power grid,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress. “Leveraging existing infrastructure like Ravenswood to deliver offshore wind energy to our homes and businesses is a smart, low-risk, and affordable way to tackle the climate crisis while providing high-quality union jobs.” 

“Renewable Ravenswood marks a significant leap forward in building healthier, more sustainable communities in New York. By shifting from fossil fuels to wind power, Renewable Ravenswood is not only advancing New York’s climate goals but also bringing about profound environmental justice victories for public housing residents,” said Public Housing Community Fund Executive Director Alex Zablocki. “This transition promises to substantially reduce carbon emissions, which is crucial for the well-being of NYCHA residents especially in Western Queens. Furthermore, the plan’s commitment to economic opportunities is unprecedented, offering public housing residents a unique chance to be at the forefront of the green economy. Renewable Ravenswood is a transformative initiative that empowers and uplifts NYCHA residents by providing them with sustainable, long-term economic prospects, and will improve long-term health for public housing residents and all New Yorkers.”

“Clean energy in Astoria and in Long Island City is a commitment to a sustainable future and an investment in public health,” said Dr. Cameron R. Hernandez, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mount Sinai Queens. “Reducing the use of traditional energy sources helps combat climate change and ensures cleaner air in the community, ultimately reducing respiratory illnesses and contributing to a healthier neighborhood for generations to come.”

“Projects like Renewable Ravenswood are critical to reach New York State’s aggressive climate goals,” said Kenneth Adams, President of LaGuardia Community College. “They also provide tremendous economic opportunities for New Yorkers to access high-quality green jobs; public colleges like LaGuardia will play a critical role in creating and shaping new green energy curricula with certification programs. With this project, the Western Queens community will have access to opportunities and resources providing STEM education, workforce skills training, and referral services to build a pipeline of candidates from disadvantaged communities towards long-term careers in offshore wind and renewable energy. It’s a project that meets the needs of our community and our environment.”

About New York State’s Article VII Process

Article VII establishes a comprehensive, state-level siting process for the construction and operation of major transmission infrastructure in New York. The process is overseen by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC regulates electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water corporations in the state and reviews transmission projects to assess their environmental impacts and determine their purpose and need. Article VII requires a complete review of a project’s location, design, construction, and operation within New York State. You can find out more about the Article VII process on the New York Department of Public Service’s website.

To monitor the Article VII proceeding for the project, members of the public may visit the PSC’s website at www.dps.ny.gov, go to “Search”, and enter case number 22-T-0670 to navigate to the case file. Click the “Subscribe to Service List” button in the upper right of the page. Subscribers will receive email notifications when a filing is posted. Once the Article VII proceeding has begun and the project’s application is determined complete, members of the public will be given the opportunity to provide comments on the application. The PSC will provide advance notice of such opportunities, including public statement hearings and a written public comment period once they have been scheduled.

The public can also stay up to date on engagement opportunities and project information by visiting the project website, QueensboroRenewableExpress.com

About Rise Light & Power
Rise Light & Power is a Queens, New York based energy asset manager and developer, and is actively transforming its core asset, Long Island City’s Ravenswood Generating Station, into a new clean energy hub Renewable Ravenswood. By redeveloping New York City’s largest power generating facility, Rise will permanently replace fossil fuel power with homegrown renewable energy, while providing a just transition for its existing union workforce and economic opportunities for surrounding communities. Renewable Ravenswood is at the forefront of the ambitious clean energy transition taking place in New York State and will continue to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity for New York City for decades to come. Rise Light & Power is a wholly owned affiliate of LS Power.  

Press Contact: Ben Branham ben@pythiapublic.com

About Rise Light & Power

Rise Light & Power is a New York City based energy asset manager and developer, and is actively transforming its core asset, the Ravenswood Generating Station, into a new clean energy hub. By redeveloping New York City’s largest power generating facility, Rise will permanently replace fossil fuel power with renewable energy, while providing a just transition for its existing union workforce and economic opportunities for surrounding communities. Renewable Ravenswood, core to Rise’s growth-oriented strategy, is at the forefront of the ambitious clean energy transition taking place in New York State and will continue to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity for New York City for decades to come. Rise Light & Power is a wholly owned affiliate of LS Power. For more information, please visitwww.riselight.com.

Rise Light & Power Hosts Western Queens Community for First Annual Earth Day Picnic in the Park 

Families commemorate Earth Day in Queensbridge Park, enjoying locally-sourced food and activities promoting sustainability mere steps from power plant on cusp of transformation

Environmental justice advocates, elected officials, and community leaders celebrate Renewable Ravenswood plan to transform city’s largest fossil fuel power plant into clean energy hub 

A key component of New York State’s effort to achieve nation-leading goals for renewable energy, Renewable Ravenswood seeks environmental justice for local community, including country’s largest public housing complex

QUEENS, NY (April 22, 2024) – With Earth Day falling on the first day of Spring Break for New York City public schools – let alone a day with picture-perfect weather, western Queens families flocked to Queensbridge Park on Monday for the first annual Earth Day Picnic in the Park, celebrating plans to transform New York City’s largest fossil-fuel power plant into a clean energy hub. Hosted by Rise Light & Power, in partnership with Variety Boys & Girls Club, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, Urban Upbound, HANAC, and elected officials including Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, State Senator Kristen Gonzalez, Deputy Borough President Ebony Young, and Council Member Julie Won, the festival took place just to the south of the Ravenswood Generating Station, whose generators would be replaced with offshore wind power, battery storage facilities, and connection points for upstate renewable energy under the Renewable Ravenswood plan – a flagship component of advancing New York State’s nation-leading climate goals.

The event featured sound engineering by Ravenswood’s own James Barber; food service provided by Kelston Bascom of Richmond Hill; and equipment rental by Ozone Park’s High Profile Sounds & Events. Activities included climate/energy education, kids’ art stations with printmaking with a local printmaker, wildflower seed art making, conga lessons, and a circus workshop offering lessons in juggling and tumbling. Children made signs with thematic messages such as “Clean energy belongs in Queens, because it’s good by all means!”

As part of the program, local leaders thanked Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for their support of Renewable Ravenswood and encouraged the administration to take concrete actions in the next year to advance the plan, which will create a clean energy hub, reactivate a portion of New York’s industrial waterfront, and deliver a just transition for members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 workforce.

“Today’s Ravenswood Earth Day Family Festival kicks off a new tradition for Western Queens and is a symbol of the support for the transformative nature of Renewable Ravenswood,” said Clint Plummer, CEO, Rise Light & Power. “Earth Day is a time to remember that we only have one home and that we need to be good stewards of it. We are grateful to Governor Hochul, NYSERDA, and the elected officials and organizations in our Western Queens community who are partners in our vision. We must all hold each other accountable for the tangible steps forward that are imperative for a responsible and just clean energy transition.”

“This Earth Day we celebrate the promise and potential of Renewable Ravenswood,” said Costa Constantinides, CEO Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, who also served as the unofficial emcee for the event. “Western Queens has too long been the home to fossil fuel infrastructure polluting the lungs of our residents. We have tired of the asthma alley where our kids travel to the hospital for respiratory illness more than the Queensboro average. The time is now to replace asthma alley with renewable row! Renewable Ravenswood shutters fossil fuel infrastructure and replaces it with good jobs, investment in our community and clean air.  We thank Governor Hochul for her work so far and urge her to cut through the governmental bureaucracy to ensure this project becomes a reality.” 

“With America’s first renewable repowering of a fossil fuel power plant taking place right here in Long Island City, we are making history, and that is worthy of a celebration, particularly on Earth Day,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez. “I am pleased that the First Annual Renewable Ravenswood Earth Day event will be the first of many – and we will keep coming back until the job is done. No hurdle is too high in the fight for clean air and environmental justice.”

“Renewable Ravenswood is especially meaningful for our communities in Astoria, who have dealt with some of the highest asthma rates in the city and who eagerly look forward to cleaner air and more affordable energy,” said Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Rise Light & Power’s projects will phase out fossil fuel generation and create green, union jobs while transitioning the city to renewable energy. I look forward to partnering with Governor Hochul and NYSERDA to make this project a reality, and hope that Queens can serve as an example of similar projects we can develop nationwide.”

“This Earth Day, we all must recommit to the work of building a greener, more sustainable Queens,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “Thank you to Rise Light & Power for hosting today’s inaugural Earth Day Picnic, and I look forward to our continued partnership as we right the historic environmental wrongs of the past and ensure that Western Queens families have a cleaner community to call home.”

“This Earth Day, we’re celebrating a greener future for our neighbors at Ravenswood and Queensbridge. This move toward a more Renewable Ravenswood will have far-reaching impacts by creating cleaner air and green union jobs,” said Council Member Julie Won. “New York must continue investing in renewable energy in our city to lower harmful emissions, provide sustainable power, and bring us one step closer to our long-term environmental goals.”

In July 2022, Rise published its comprehensive redevelopment plan for Renewable Ravenswood which encompasses the five core components of 1) Offshore Wind, 2) Upstate Renewables, 3) Clean Thermal Energy, 4) Energy Storage and 5) Just Transition. Renewable Ravenswood is a community-driven and community-supported plan, developed over time with thorough feedback from the public, including immersive engagement activities hosted in partnership with Hester Street in summer 2023 that reached more than 600 individuals. 

New York State’s Climate Act has set nation-leading goals for achieving 70% renewably sourced electricity by 2030 and a zero-emission electric grid by 2040.

“Western Queens deserves the transformative benefits that Renewable Ravenswood will deliver,” said Bishop Mitchell Taylor, CEO of Urban Upbound. “This Earth Day and beyond, we applaud the progress cemented by Governor Hochul and ask for her leadership to help us clean up our air, create a new green economy, and deliver the environmental justice we have so patiently awaited.”

“All of us at Riis Settlement are thrilled to participate in this year’s Earth Day Celebration in beautiful Queensbridge Park,” said Chris Hanway, Executive Director, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement. “Renewable Ravenswood is and will be a game-changing project, positively impacting the environment in Queensbridge, Ravenswood, LIC and beyond, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

“When it comes to environmental justice, it doesn’t get much better than replacing fossil fuel generators with wind power,” said Corinne Haynes, President of Queensbridge Houses Residents Association. “Queensbridge, the largest public housing development in the United States, was built more than 20 years before the power plant. After decades of living on the front lines, we thank Rise Light & Power for their vision and cheer on the administration of Governor Kathy Hochul as they partner on this generational project.”

“The Astoria Houses community looks forward to the Renewable Ravenswood plan,” said Vanessa Jones-Hall, Astoria Houses TA President. “In the past couple decades, Astoria Houses residents have seen a rise in life threatening health issues and felt the impact on their quality of life due to fossil fuels. We support the movement toward this green initiative.”

“Let’s leave the planet in the working order we found it in,” said Noel Merritt of Queensbridge Houses. “We owe it to future generations to leave the planet functioning properly. We have to be on the front line sustaining a living environment. “

“Thank God this year we have the promise that we can say goodbye to NYC’s largest fossil fuel power station right here in our backyard,” said Jean Tomasulo, Ravenswood resident. “This Earth Day we have a reason to celebrate as we welcome the promise of a Renewable Energy Station thanks to Governor Hochul’s promise.”

“This Earth Day, it’s time to invest in people and planet alike, which is exactly what Renewable Ravenswood proposes,” said Jim Shillitto, President of Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2. “Our skilled utility workers are ready and excited to retrain for the green energy jobs of the future. Now more than ever, we need to speed up approval and deployment of clean energy technologies to build the energy system that the next generation deserves.”

“This Earth Day, we celebrate the vision for a Renewable Ravenswood and applaud the leaders and project partners working to make it a reality,” said Julie Tighe, President of New York League of Conservation Voters. “As we are learning with the state’s offshore wind industry, achieving big things — and being the first to do so — is never easy; it requires patience and perseverance, but environmental justice and a just transition for union workers – which Ravenswood is poised to deliver on — is a non-negotiable component of our clean energy transition.”

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Contacts:
Ben Branham ben@pythiapublic.com

Lindsay Kryzak lk@clintonstreetstrategies.com 

About Rise Light & Power

Rise Light & Power is a New York City based energy asset manager and developer, and is actively transforming its core asset, the Ravenswood Generating Station, into a new clean energy hub. By redeveloping New York City’s largest power generating facility, Rise will permanently replace fossil fuel power with renewable energy, while providing a just transition for its existing union workforce and economic opportunities for surrounding communities. Renewable Ravenswood, core to Rise’s growth-oriented strategy, is at the forefront of the ambitious clean energy transition taking place in New York State and will continue to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity for New York City for decades to come. Rise Light & Power is a wholly owned affiliate of LS Power. For more information, please visitwww.riselight.com.

Eurasia Review: US: TotalEnergies Awarded 25-year Contract to Supply 1.4 GW of Renewable Electricity to New York

TotalEnergies Awarded a 25-year Contract to Supply 1.4 GW of renewable electricity to New York. Credit: TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies and its partners, Corio Generation (Corio) and Rise Light & Power (Rise) announced Wednesday that New York State selected their Attentive Energy One project for a 25-year contract to supply 1.4 GW of renewable electricity.

Attentive Energy One, a joint venture between TotalEnergies (40%), Rise (35%) and Corio (25%), received the provisional award in the State’s 2023 competitive OREC (Offshore Renewable Energy Credits) solicitation, organized by New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Consortium aims to commission this project in 2029.

NYSERDA has put a particular emphasis on the local content of the proposal: the Attentive Energy One project will enable the construction of a new General Electric facility to manufacture offshore wind blades and nacelles and unlock $300 million in investments in various community-focused projects across New York State. It will in addition turn the Ravenswood gas-fueled power plant owned by Rise, into a clean energy hub at the heart of New York City.

The profitability of this project is ensured by the guaranteed level of OREC revenue, the benefit of a 40% IRA tax credit, the secured access to New York electricity grid brought by Rise and the local supply of turbines by General Electric at a competitive set price. Moreover, the contract awarded by NYSERDA will include an inflation adjustment mechanism to compensate for changes in construction costs until the final investment decision.

“We are honored that the State of New York chose Attentive Energy One to deliver on the promise of bringing green electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Together with our partners Corio and Rise, we will mobilize all our expertise to develop a major offshore wind project that will contribute to New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets,” said Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice President Renewables at TotalEnergies. “Thanks to this project’s secured offtake price and competitive advantages such as the 40% IRA tax credit and its very competitive interconnection, Attentive Energy One project will contribute positively to our Integrated Power profitability target of 12% and to our ambition of more than 100 TWh of power generation by 2030.”

TotalEnergies had secured, in February 2022, 100% of maritime lease OCS-A 0538 at the New York Bight auction. It then partnered with New York-based electricity producer Rise and global offshore wind developer Corio to join forces in the development of the Attentive Energy offshore wind projects.

The lease’s 3 GW capacity will serve two projects: Attentive Energy One, which is dedicated to deliver New York State, and Attentive Energy Two, which is dedicated to supply New Jersey. Together, these two projects aim to provide green electricity to more than a million homes across both states.

By Eurasia Review

Offshore Engineer: TotalEnergies Partners with Corio and Rise for 3GW Attentive Energy Offshore Wind Project

French energy major TotalEnergies said Monday it had partnered with Corio Generation (Corio), an offshore wind developer, and Rise Light & Power (Rise), a New York-based electricity producer, for the joint development of the Attentive Energy offshore wind project off the coast of New York and New Jersey.

Corio and Rise took respective stakes of 27.7% and 16.3% in the Attentive Energy project. Rise will also contribute its assets and interconnection capabilities in New York City to the project. In exchange, TotalEnergies, which retains the remaining 56%, received a total cash consideration of $420 million. TotalEnergies had secured, in February 2022, 100% of maritime lease OCS-A 0538 at the New York Bight auction.

The Attentive Energy project aims to develop more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind located 54 miles from New York State and 42 miles from New Jersey shores. Once built, the project will provide green electricity for more than a million homes across the two states.

Under the terms of the agreement, Rise will manage the project’s interconnection at its Ravenswood Generating Station and begin the retirement of its gas generators. 

“This iconic site, a pillar of New York City’s energy system, will be transformed into a green energy hub where Attentive Energy will base its operations and maintenance activities,” TotalEnergies siad.

Corio will bring its experience as a global offshore wind developer, with over 30 GW under development in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

“TotalEnergies is delighted to partner with Corio and Rise to profitably develop a major offshore wind project that will provide greener electricity to the residents of New York and New Jersey”, said Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice President Renewables at TotalEnergies. “This partnership reinforces TotalEnergies’ capacity to actively develop its presence in the U.S. renewables space where the company has a 25 GW portfolio of projects, in operation or development, including 4 GW in offshore wind. We are also happy to contribute, through the Attentive Energy project, to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in New York and New Jersey, and support the U.S. government’s goal to develop 30 GW of offshore wind in the country by 2030.”

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WATCH: Renewable Ravenswood Community Fair

WATCH: Renewable Ravenswood Community Fair

The Western Queens community was recently invited to join an open house event covering Renewable Ravenswood and the Attentive Energy One offshore wind project. The event was graciously hosted by Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in their Queensbridge location, just blocks away from the project’s proposed point of interconnection at the Ravenswood Generating Station.

Queens Chronicle: Western Queens Folk Rally to Clear the Air

Activists Want Ravenswood Stacks Replaced with a Clean Power Hub

A group of about 200 people, including many children, rallied on Monday in support of Rise Light & Power’s plan to convert the Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City, which produces about a fifth of the city’s electricity, into a clean energy hub focused on wind power. Burning fossil fuels at the plant leads to higher asthma rates among area children, speakers said. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE G. MEDITZ

Rise Light & Power’s plan to transition the Ravenswood Generating Station into a renewable energy hub was met with support from residents in the surrounding areas on Monday.

Established in 1963, Ravenswood provides 2,500 megawatts of energy to New York City by burning fossil fuels, which causes poor air quality in neighboring communities and nearby New York City Housing Authority developments including the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the nation. The Long Island City plant produces about one-fifth of NYC’s electric power.

Rise Light & Power’s “Renewable Ravenswood” plan will repurpose existing infrastructure to connect offshore wind, upstate wind and solar power to New York City’s electric grid and advance the state’s goal of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. It includes a large-scale battery storage facility on site to ensure reliable energy in the absence of wind and sun.

Rise Light & Power also pledged to work with local nonprofits to prepare community members for career opportunities in renewable energy.

Former Astoria Houses Resident Association President Claudia Coger raised seven children before the Ravenswood smokestacks were built, and they never had respiratory problems. However, her granddaughter and two great-grandchildren suffer from asthma.

“That really hit me to be involved, because I know that this made a difference,” she told the Chronicle, motioning to the stacks.

She told a crowd of 200 that children in the area known colloquially as “Asthma Alley” miss at least 30 days of school due to poor air quality.

Former City Councilmember Costa Constantinides said asthma rates, emergency room visits and hospitalizations for asthma west of 21st Street are higher than the borough average.

“The core principles of environmental justice theory show us how time and time again, Black and brown, lower income and public housing communities are left to suffer the harsh effects of pollution,” Bishop Mitchell Taylor said.

Asked how NYC would receive one-fifth of its electricity during Ravenswood’s transition to renewable energy, Mentors On The Move 4 Life CEO Tyrone Freedom Gardner said there is “no real healthy replacement.”

“I don’t see anything else where the result of it can help us with what we’re trying to push for,” he said.

“The whole plan is where they’re positioning these wind things along the water, and the water and earth, they create all of the energy and stuff that’s going on in the air,” he added. “That would be a perfect place to get the source from — the water. And also solar’s going to be involved with it.”

Coger also did not know how NYC would receive power in the interim, but she emphasized that the community intends to be involved in the process.

“I do know that once they take these stacks down, there’s a transition that would take place,” she said. “That’s the number one thing we have to do right now is to take the stacks down. But also, we want to make sure, this is why we are here today, that we are keyed into … the proposal that’s on the governor’s desk now.”

With many young students in attendance, several speakers emphasized that the transition to clean energy benefits future generations.

“By taking down the Ravenswood generating plants and transitioning to cleaner energy sources like wind energy, we can significantly reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality in our communities,” Take Down the Stacks organizer Stephen Michael said. “This not only benefits our health but also contributes to a more sustainable future for generations to come … protecting our generations to come is what is necessary if we want to make a real impact.”

The plan requires local, state and federal approval to come to fruition. Attendees signed petitions for Hochul’s approval and texted their NYS representatives.

By Stephanie G. Meditz

Electrek: In a US First, Fossil Fuel Power Plant Workers Will Be Retrained for Offshore Wind

Labor union members at New York’s Ravenswood Generating Station will become the US’s first fossil fuel power plant workers to transition to operating offshore wind equipment.

Ravenswood is a 2,480-megawatt (MW) power plant in Long Island City, Queens, across from Roosevelt Island.

Powering 20% of the city, it’s New York City’s largest fossil-fuel plant, and its fossil fuel generation is going to be replaced with 1,400 MW of offshore wind power.

The 27-acre waterfront oil and gas industrial site will be converted into a clean energy hub that will power one-fifth of New York City – and it needs a skilled workforce to run it.

So its owners, Attentive Energy One (AE1), a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Rise Light & Power, recently made an agreement with Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 (UWUA Local 1-2) to retain, retrain, and upskill Ravenswood’s plant workers.

Upon award of a contract, AE1 will launch a training program with UWUA Local 1-2 that will ensure workers can smoothly transition to work on new renewable energy equipment and an operations & maintenance hub that will support up to 3 GW of offshore wind.

The Ravenswood Training Center, a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)-accredited training sponsor and assessment center, will retrain the power plant’s union members with a new renewable energy and maritime operations curriculum.

James Shillitto, president of UWUA Local 1-2, said in an interview:

We’re very confident that working with Rise, Total and Attentive that we’re going to come out the right way.

None of us are climate deniers and we know that things have to change.

And Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. said:

[T]his agreement between Attentive Energy One and Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 not only ensures the Ravenswood Generating Station transitions into a hub of renewable energy, but also becomes a model of how to empower the existing workforce amidst that transition.

New York has mandated that 70% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, and the state has set a target to develop 9 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

By Michelle Lewis

Licpost: Happening Today: Community Forum on Future of Ravenswood Generating Station in LIC

The future of the Ravenswood Generating Station will be discussed at a community forum across Vernon Boulevard at the Queensbridge Houses on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Michael Dorgan)

Western Queens residents can have their say on the future of “Big Allis” during a community forum at the Queensbridge Houses Wednesday afternoon.

Rise Light & Power and Attentive Energy One are hosting the June 28 town hall to discuss what lies ahead for the massive Ravenswood Generating Station, which provides electricity for 1 in 5 homes in New York City.

As Ravenswood plans to complete a transition to using fully renewable energy while creating and maintaining jobs, community leaders and local NYCHA residents — who have long lived in the shadows of the largest fossil fuel plant in the city — can share their thoughts and opinions on the future of Ravenswood and their community, while learning about near-term steps in the transition with the Attentive Energy One offshore wind proposed project.

“The vision for Renewable Ravenswood was born out of community input and this forum will allow us to continue to engage the community as we refine our plans and move forward,” Rise Light & Power CEO Clint Plummer said. “Transforming Ravenswood is a partnership with the community and we are very excited about the progress we are making together.”

The community forum will be held at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Queensbridge, located at 10-25 41st St. in Long Island City. The town hall begins at 5 p.m.

By Bill Parry

Reuters: Offshore Wind Company Will Retrain New York Power Plant Union for Clean Energy Jobs

An offshore wind developer partly owned by TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) said on Monday it has agreed to retrain and keep roughly 100 union workers from a New York City natural gas-fired power plant that it intends to repurpose for its project.

The company, called Attentive Energy One, has proposed a 1.4 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind installation off New York that would connect to the mainland grid at the site of the Ravenswood plant in Queens, and is competing for a power contract with the state.

The company is a joint venture between TotalEnergies, the French energy giant, and Rise Light & Power, the unit of New York-based energy investment firm LS Power that operates the 1960s-era Ravenswood generating station.

Clint Plummer, chief executive of Rise Light & Power, told Reuters he believes the agreement to retrain and employ the power plant workers is an important aspect of Attentive’s bid for a state power contract.

“But we’re not doing it because of that,” he said. “We see it as a key part of our stewardship of this asset and the responsibility that we hold to do right by that workforce.”

Jobs could include operating the project’s control room, handling spare parts for servicing wind turbines and other logistics functions, the company said.

James Shillitto, president of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 1-2, which represents workers at the plant, said he welcomed the deal.

“We’re very confident that working with Rise, Total and Attentive that we’re going to come out the right way,” he said in an interview. “None of us are climate deniers and we know that things have to change.”

President Joe Biden’s administration is encouraging the development of offshore wind and other renewable energy sources, and has pledged that its climate change agenda will create millions of good-paying union jobs.

New York has mandated that 70% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and the state has set a target to develop 9 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

Winners in the state’s third offshore wind solicitation will be announced this summer.

Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by David Gregorio