Attentive Energy One – a joint venture between TotalEnergies, Rise Light & Power, and Corio Generation – has been selected by Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in the state’s third offshore wind solicitation to negotiate an offtake agreement with NYSERDA for a 1,400 MW offshore wind project.
This offshore wind project will support the state’s first renewable repowering of a major fossil fuel generator by retiring and replacing a 60-year-old unit at Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City. Power generated by the wind farm will be delivered to the state via underwater transmission lines connected to a new converter station at Ravenswood.
"Achieving climate justice in our state lies in making the investment to foster impactful renewable energy projects," said Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez. "I am extremely excited by the project to transition New York City's largest fossil fuel burning generating facility, the Ravenswood Generating Station, to 'Renewable Ravenswood', a new clean energy operations and maintenance hub for offshore wind. This transition to green energy will support our climate goals, generate new green union jobs, and... sustainably power our communities."
Once operational, the project will power over 700,000 New York homes, saving ratepayers approximately $10 billion on utility bills over a 25-year period, including $500 million in savings for low-to-moderate-income residents.
In addition, the project will deliver more than $25 billion in direct and indirect economic benefits to New York while reducing carbon emissions by more than 1 million tons per year – the equivalent of removing 13% of cars from New York City streets.
Attentive Energy One will also deliver a just transition for members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 at Ravenswood, who the organization says will be the first fossil fuel power plant staff to retrain for careers in offshore wind. Attentive Energy One will also create a training fund dedicated solely to upskilling existing union members for new positions.
"We as a union and an industry are committed to addressing the challenges of the climate crisis head-on... with a skilled and professional union workforce who earn family-sustaining wages and benefits guaranteed by union contracts and Project Labor Agreements,” said Christopher Erikson, Business Manager, Local Union No. 3, IBEW. “By repurposing existing facilities and energy infrastructure, Attentive Energy One's plans will advance the transition to clean energy generation, support long-term union careers and workforce development, and cement NY's place as an offshore wind hub.”