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Riverbay Cogeneration Plant

The night the lights stayed on

  • 40

    Megawatt CHP

  • $15M

    Energy Cost Savings

  • Bronx, New York

    Bronx, New York

Cutting energy costs by $15 million per year in the Bronx

October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey shore and headed north. Sandy left hundreds dead, billions in damages, and millions in the dark as power grids throughout the eastern seaboard failed. But not in Co-op City, a residential development in the Bronx, New York.

Co-op City was developed in the 1960s and is one of the world’s largest housing cooperatives. By the early 2000s, its rickety central heating plant and six megawatt backup generator needed replacing. What’s more, risks of power outages were high, and community members struggled with soaring energy prices. The repowering of the facility would provide reliable on-site power and energy to the facility.

We contributed engineering and design services to the EPC Contractor for the 40 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) plant, or microgrid. The microgrid distributes power from the plant to the community with surplus power sold to the main grid. The plant achieved commercial operation in 2007 and cuts Co-op City’s energy costs by approximately $15 million a year.

The Riverbay Cogeneration Plant remained online during and after the hurricane, supplying power to Co-op City’s more than 50,000 residents while Sandy knocked the vulnerable U.S. power grid flat.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Lance Boire, Senior Principal, Regional Practice Leader, Industrial Water

Lead from where you are at, no matter what position or role you’re in. Take pride and ownership in what you’re doing each day.
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Jim Stone, Principal

A good project always starts with great people; Stantec’s industrial water team includes some of the best in the industry.

Lance Boire

Senior Principal, Regional Practice Leader, Industrial Water

Jim Stone


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