Con Edison breaks ground on clean energy hub in Vinegar Hill
Con Edison broke ground Tuesday morning on a new clean energy facility in Vinegar Hill.
The $810 million investment called the Brooklyn Clean Energy Hub is said to support the region’s transition to clean energy. It will be located on a former fossil fuel plant along the East River.
"Ultimately, the hub will help distribute power to a new Gateway Park Substation in Canarsie and will serve the needs of the city and the expansion of JFK Airport, and MTA's electrification program. Think electric buses and all the electric they'll need. And it will spur Brooklyn's amazing growth," said Tim Cawley, Con Edison’s chairman and CEO.
Con Edison says the substation will provide clean renewable energy to 750,000 homes across Brooklyn and Queens. It will also play a crucial role in the harvesting of wind power as it will serve as a critical plug-in point for future offshore wind infrastructure.
Construction is expected to create more than 500 skilled union jobs. It should be completed by 2028.
This new hub is part of a larger goal of meeting New York state's target for a zero-emission energy grid by 2040.