Ravenswood Generating Station
|Ravenswood Generating Station|
Ravenswood Generating Station in 2006
|Location||Long Island City, Queens, New York|
|Thermal power station|
|Primary fuel||natural gas|
|Nameplate capacity||2,480 MW|
Ravenswood Generating Station is a 2,480 megawatt power plant in Long Island City in Queens, New York. It is owned and operated by TransCanada Corporation. The plant uses natural gas, fuel oil and kerosene to power its boilers.
Ravenswood was originally built and owned by Consolidated Edison of New York Inc. (Con Edison) in 1963. The first two units constructed in 1963 were Ravenswood 10 and 20, each having a generating capacity of approximately 385 megawatts. Then, in 1965, Ravenswood 30 (commonly called "Big Allis") was commissioned with a generating capacity of nearly 981 megawatts. In the 1970s, multiple combustion turbine units were installed in a simple cycle configuration to meet peak power demands.
Due to deregulation of the energy markets in New York State, Con Edison was required to sell all of its "in-city" generating stations in New York City including Ravenswood. In 1999, Con Edison transferred ownership of Ravenswood to KeySpan Energy (KeySpan) for $597 million. In 2004, KeySpan constructed a new unit, Ravenswood 40, using combined cycle technology with generating capacity of 250 megawats.
National Grid plc acquired KeySpan in 2007  but due to its involvement in electrical transmission the New York Public Service Commission required National Grid to sell Ravenswood to ensure competition in the market. So on August 26, 2008, Ravenswood was sold by National Grid to TransCanada Corporation for $2.9 Billion. Trans Canada has put Ravenswood up for sale. Ravenswood has been sold to LS power with Ethos power running it.
Ravenswood is located in Long Island City in Queens, New York. The facility borders Roosevelt Island. The site is connected to the New York City electrical system through the 138 kV Vernon substation and the 345 kV Rainey substation. It is capable of producing 2,480MW of energy.
|Unit||Approximate Power||First Operated||Power Source|
|10||380 MW||1963||Natural Gas / No.6 Fuel|
|20||280 MW||1963||Natural Gas / No.6 Fuel|
|30||990 MW||1965||Natural Gas / No.6 Fuel|
|40||250 MW||2004||Natural Gas|
|Peaking Gas Turbines||400 MW||Various||Natural Gas|
- Per Google Earth, accessed 2013-05-13
- Ravenswood Generating Station
- Con Edison Completes Sale of Ravenswood Power Plant in Queens at the Wayback Machine (archived November 5, 2006)
- National Grid to Acquire KeySpan in $7.3 Billion Cash Transaction at the Wayback Machine (archived June 20, 2006)
- TransCanada Enters Agreement to Acquire Ravenswood Generating Station for US$2.8 billion
- New York Energy Highway RFI
- Ravenswood Unit 40, Long Island City, N.Y.
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