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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 Associate, Power

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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Terri Poussard, Director of Project Development, Power

My goal is to help our clients bring power from concept to reality and turn each project into a success story.
Terri Poussard Director of Project Development, Power Read More

Kenny Rogers, Vice President, Power

We have the opportunity to be creative while contributing to the community through our work, generating new jobs and cleaner, more efficient electricity.
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Bill Shelley, Senior Vice President

The best EPCM solutions are a balance of technical excellence, cost-effectiveness, and sound delivery.
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Jim Stone, Principal

A good project always starts with great people; Stantec’s power team includes some of the best in the industry.
  • Lance Boire

    Senior Associate, Power

  • Terri Poussard

    Director of Project Development, Power

  • Kenny Rogers

    Vice President, Power

  • Bill Shelley

    Senior Vice President

  • Jim Stone


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