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east river repowering project

Con Edison declared full commercial operation of its East River Repowering Project on April 5, 2005, when the second of two state-of-the-art, natural-gas-fired steam generators began providing power to New York’s electricity grid.  The first unit had become operational on April 1, 2005.  In full operation, the units produce approximately 350 megawatts of electricity.

The repowering of Con Edison’s East River generating station was undertaken to enhance an already environmentally beneficial steam system, and is capable of producing 3.2 million pounds of steam per hour.  Steam is used for heating, hot water, and in some buildings, to power air conditioning chillers.  The use of steam-powered chillers reduces the load on the electric system during times of peak summer demand.

The two steam-electric generators have up-to-date emission-control technology and burn natural gas 100 percent of the time, making East River one of the cleanest power generating facilities in New York.

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