National Grid offers update on Island Park Energy Center project

National Grid on Jan. 20 filed with the New York State Public Service Commission a brief update on the gas-fired Island Park Energy Center project, which has been out of the spotlight lately.

“This letter is 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 update. “Submittal of this tracking report is consistent with the Public Involvement Program (PIP) Plan that was submitted to the Commission on December 3, 2013. Please note there was nothing to add to the Meeting Log since the previous submission sent on November 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 modem energy center at the Barrett Station through the installation of new, state-of-the art electric generators. The new energy center, which will be known as the ‘Island Park Energy Center,’ will provide a more efficient and cost-effective facility to produce electricity while minimizing impacts on the surrounding communities and providing tax benefits into the future.”

The project contact is Chris Corrado, National Grid’s lead for environmental and licensing for this project, at (516) 545-2556.

National Grid’s E.F. Barrett property is located in the Town of Hempstead, 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.

National Grid has a website for the repowering project that has various other project details.

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