Achieving New Jersey’s ambitious goal of producing 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035 and achieving 100% clean energy by 2050 is an undertaking as massive as it is necessary. The Outerbridge Renewable Connector would play a major role in making this energy transformation possible.
The Outerbridge Renewable Connector offers an environmentally responsible, common-sense solution to deliver renewable offshore wind energy to New Jersey homes and businesses. Rise completed acquisition of the site of the former E.H. Werner Power Station in South Amboy, NJ, and plans to repurpose the site as a renewable energy hub serving as a central interconnection point for offshore wind farms to send clean energy to the New Jersey electric grid. With Rise’s ongoing remediation efforts, the project will also lead to elimination of a once-contaminated brownfield site dating back to the 1930s.
Outerbridge is the right solution for the renewables age because it enables offshore wind projects to avoid bringing high-voltage power cables ashore at New Jersey’s beaches or other sensitive areas. Instead, Rise proposes transforming an industrial waterfront site, formerly home to a coal-fired power station, into an ideal gateway for bringing power from offshore wind farms into New Jersey.
The 26-acre, industrially-zoned site on Raritan Bay went out of use as a fossil-fuel power plant in 2015. The site features an existing substation and switchyard, rail and highway access, a pier with expansion potential, and unobstructed access to the Atlantic Ocean. Once offshore wind energy is delivered to the new clean energy hub at South Amboy, Outerbridge would function as a giant extension cord — delivering clean energy to the power grid through upgraded infrastructure on the site and buried cables along an existing railroad right of way. In addition, a proposed Battery Energy Storage System offers the opportunity to enhance reliability of the electric grid.
In repurposing the past to power the future, Outerbridge will be a valuable part of the South Amboy waterfront, creating good-paying union jobs during construction.
For nearly 60 years, the Ravenswood Generating Station has been a vital part of New York’s energy system. Located on 28 waterfront acres in Long Island City, Ravenswood proudly employs more than 100 union men and women from the greater New York/New Jersey metro region, and delivers more than 20 percent of New York City’s generation capacity. It played a major role in re-energizing the grid after 2003’s Northeast Blackout. It has continuously delivered safe and reliable service during major weather events, including Hurricane Sandy – during which it provided up to 50 percent of New York City’s energy – and others, like the recent “Polar Vortex” and “Bomb Cyclone.”
In 2017, LS Power acquired Ravenswood and committed to investing in a comprehensive redevelopment of its energy business. Since then, the company has invested more than $160 million to modernize the Station’s facilities and has retired over 300MW of outdated fossil-fired peakers to make space for new clean energy infrastructure.
In 2020, LS Power launched Rise Light & Power as an independent, regional energy asset manager and developer, to own and manage the Ravenswood Generating Station and the former Werner Generating Station and to leverage these assets and resources to develop new, large-scale clean energy infrastructure to power the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.
Today, Rise Light & Power is pursuing an exciting growth-oriented strategy – from modernizing the Ravenswood Generating Station to building the largest battery storage project on the US east coast. Rise Light & Power is proud to be a wholly-owned, independently-operated subsidiary of LS Power, a development, investment, and operating company focused on the North American power and energy infrastructure sector. For more information, please visit LSPower.com