National Grid updates New York PSC on public outreach for plant repowering

National Grid, as part of the New York State Public Service Commission’s ongoing review of an October 2013 application to repower the E.F. Barrett power plant, filed on Jan. 20 an update with the commission on its public outreach effort for the project.

“This letter and enclosure are provided as the Public Involvement Program Tracking Report for the Island Park Energy Center, which proposes a repowering of National Grid’s E.F. Barrett Power Station,” said the filing. “Submittal of this tracking report is consistent with the Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan that was submitted to the Commission on December 3, 2013. The enclosed Meeting Log covers the period from the previous submission through January 15, 2015.

“The proposed repowering of the E.F. Barrett Power Station, if approved by the Long Island Power Authority, would result in a new modern energy center at the Barrett Station through the installation of new, state-of-the art electric generators and removal of all existing electric generating equipment currently on the site. The new energy center, which will be known as the ‘Island Park Energy Center,’ will provide a more efficient and cost-effective facility to produc eelectricity while minimizing impacts on the surrounding communities and providing tax benefits into the future.”

The existing Barrett Station currently consists of two baseload steam units, each capable of generating up to 185 MW, and two separate blocks of simple cycle peaking units with a combined capacity of up to 280 MW. The proposed repowering will consist of either: the development of a new combined cycle unit; or a new combined cycle unit and new simple cycle units followed by the decommissioning of the units replaced.

National Grid’s E.F. Barrett property is located on Barnum’s Channel at McCarthy Road and 4005 Daly Boulevard, in the Town of Hempstead, New York, immediately adjacent to the incorporated Village of Island Park.

The station’s main operating equipment, the two steam electric units (Units 1 and 2) with a combined capacity of up to 370 MW, were placed in-service in 1956 and 1963, respectively. The northern portion of the site has gas turbines (GTs), including eight General Electric Frame units (combined capacity of 120 MW) and four Pratt & Whitney aero-derivative twin-pack gas turbines (combined capacity of 160 MW) that were placed in service in 1970 and 1971, respectively.

At the time of the October 2013 application, the following repowering options were under consideration:

  • Development of a new 560 MW-650 MW combined cycle facility;
  • Development of a new 560 MW-650 MW combined cycle facility and up to 330 MW of 
additional simple cycle combustion turbine peaking capacity at the station.
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