Equinor, bp Team to Repurpose Astoria Gas Turbines Site for Renewable Energy
Equinor and bp announced two major initiatives focused on the Astoria neighborhood of Queens: the purchase of the Astoria Gas Turbines site from NRG to repurpose it as a converter station connecting renewable offshore wind power to the New York grid, and an investment in community resources to serve the youth of Queens.
The future converter station, named the Astoria Gateway for Renewable Energy (AGRE), will replace the decades-old plant with a new source of renewable power. The AGRE station will receive 1,230 megawatts of renewable energy generated by the Beacon Wind offshore wind project, located 60 miles off the eastern tip of Long Island, beginning in the late 2020s.
The NRG facility is planned to cease operations and will begin decommissioning in May 2023. Pending permit approvals, Beacon Wind will begin site preparations in 2025, making AGRE one of the first fossil-to-renewable infrastructure repurposing in New York City.