For more than six decades, the Danskammer Generating Station has been part of New York’s energy landscape, as well as the Town of Newburgh’s economy and community. Danskammer has been producing electricity to meet the energy demands of our communities; powering our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses.
Now, Danskammer Energy, LLC, plans to retire equipment that’s been in use since the 1950s and repower the facility with modern, state-of-the-art technology that will significantly reduce the facility’s environmental footprint and support the state’s renewable energy goals. The modernized facility will be known as the Danskammer Energy Center.
Supporting New York’s Renewable Energy Future
A modernized Danskammer is designed in anticipation of New York’s energy goals and will serve as a bridge to New York’s renewable energy future. NYISO’s December 2019 Grid in Transition report says that as the grid incorporates more intermittent renewable sources, New York will need more quick-start plants to fill in the gaps in wind and solar production. When the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, a modernized Danskammer can provide reliable energy to the Hudson Valley.
A modernized Danskammer will also be able to do so on short notice from the State’s energy grid operator. Today, the plant requires 11 hours to ramp up before producing power. That will be cut to under one hour with the modernized plant.
The facility will also have the technology to transition to hydrogen power if, and when, the technology exists to transport and store hydrogen while producing zero emissions.
Providing for the Hudson Valley’s Energy Needs
In its Generator Deactivation Assessment for Indian Point and the 2019 Power Trends report the New York Independent System Operator has determined that the Danskammer facility, along with all other existing power facilities in the region, is needed to help keep the lights on in the Hudson Valley. This can be done with the existing Danskammer plant, but modernized Danskammer will be able to meet regional need with cleaner, more efficient power.
Investing in Our Community
Danskammer Energy has been a part of the Town of Newburgh community for decades. The modernization project is a $500 million private investment that will create 450 new construction jobs. Danskammer is proud to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Hudson Valley Building and Trades Council and will use local labor whenever possible for the construction phase.
Additionally, a modernized Danskammer will contribute more than $50 million in tax payments to local government during the next 15-20 years. The facility will continue to employ approximately 40 people and generate an annual payroll of $5 million, as well as approximately $12 million in annual local spending.