Con Edison expands power plants

Consolidated Edison Inc. has approved plans for the expansion of several power generating facilities owned by Con Edison Development.

The plant expansions, totalling over 600mw of capacity, will be located at facilities in Lakewood, New Jersey, and West Springfield, Massachusetts. At the Lakewood facility, of which CED owns 80%, the company plans to add more than 500mw of new generation supplied from three natural-gas-fired turbines scheduled to be in service in late 2002. This additional generation will be added to the facility’s existing 234mw of capacity. At the West Springfield facility, 100% owned by CED, the company plans to add approximately 100mw of new generation supplied from two natural-gas-fired turbines scheduled to be in service prior to next summer. This additional generation capacity will be added to the plant’s existing 125mw of capacity. CED and the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative are about to start construction of a 1020mw peaking-power generating facility near Rock Springs, Maryland as well. CED is also constructing a 525mw dual-fuelled, combined-cycle power plant in Newington, New Hampshire, which is expected to be in service for the summer of 2002.