Consolidated Edison East River Generating Station
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The East River Generating Station is a 43,000-square-foot, 660-megawatt oil and natural gas-fired power plant located along the East River at 14th Street in Lower Manhattan.
East River Station was built as a coal facility in 1926 by the New York Edison Company. The plant’s original six-story boilers were so large that one of them accommodated a 100-person luncheon held in honor of the plant’s opening in 1926. Queen Marie of Romania dedicated the plant by flipping the switch that started the 100,000-horsepower turbine generator, prompting a ConEd official to note that the queen had, “released the energies of one machine that could supply more than three times the electricity at present used by all of Romania.”
Coal-burning electric-generating units 6 and 7 were added to East River in 1951 and 1955 and converted to dual fuel (oil/natural gas) during the late 1960s. Around this time, Con Ed also invested in 10 smaller boilers at the complex that generated steam for its steam customers.
East River Station today continues to produce electricity and steam for New York City homes and businesses. Con Ed, in fact, operates the largest and most extensive commercial steam system in the U.S., and the East River complex is the company’s most prolific steam-generating site. With the completion of the East River Repowering Project (ERRP) in 2004, which saw the installation of two new gas turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and gas compressors, both steam and electric output at East River increased while overall facility emissions fell.
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