Rise Light & Power to Transform Former Coal-Fired Power Plant into Clean Energy Hub, Connecting Offshore Wind to New Jersey’s Electric Grid
Project to power 1.4 million homes with offshore wind while avoiding need to bury high-voltage power cables under New Jersey’s beaches
Rise’s acquisition of former coal plant in South Amboy continues company’s mission of repurposing fossil infrastructure for clean energy uses
Outerbridge expected to create over $1 billion in economic value in New Jersey, including nearly $88 million in tax revenue for state and local governments
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ – September 17, 2021 – Rise Light & Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LS Power group, today announced plans for an innovative new renewable energy hub to deliver New Jersey’s tremendous offshore wind resource to the state’s electric grid in an environmentally-responsible, efficient, and affordable way.
Rise is proposing to build the Outerbridge Renewable Connector, a new solution to streamline the delivery of renewable offshore wind energy to New Jersey homes and businesses. Rise recently completed acquisition of the site of the former E.H. Werner Power Station in South Amboy, New Jersey, and plans to redevelop the site as a renewable energy hub serving as a central interconnection point for offshore wind farms to deliver clean energy to the New Jersey electric grid. With Rise’s ongoing remediation efforts, the project will also lead to the elimination of a once-contaminated brownfield site dating back to the 1930s.
The acquisition of the former Werner coal plant continues Rise’s mission to transform aging energy infrastructure into hubs of clean energy. Rise is currently advancing the clean energy transformation of New York City’s largest power plant, the Ravenswood Generating Station, to host several green infrastructure projects, including battery storage and renewable transmission solutions.
Today, after months of consultations with elected leaders, policymakers, offshore wind developers, environmental advocates, labor, business, fishing interests, and other stakeholders, Rise submitted to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and PJM Interconnection the innovative Outerbridge Renewable Connector plan.
“Rise Light & Power is committed to helping New Jersey achieve its ambitious clean energy goals,” said Clint Plummer, CEO of Rise Light & Power. “The state’s bold vision calls for a responsible, affordable solution to delivering offshore wind energy to the state electric grid. Outerbridge solves the challenge of finding appropriate and acceptable cable landing sites by using existing infrastructure that avoids siting transmission lines in sensitive areas like residential neighborhoods and recreational beaches.”