GE to auction transmission capacity

Stamford, CT, & Linden, NJ, Oct. 17, 2006 — GE Energy Financial Services announced that it will auction the electric transmission capacity from a proposed transmission project capable of increasing the power supply to capacity-constrained New York City.

The project will be an improvement to the regional transmission grid, transmitting power from the Pennsylvania/Jersey/Maryland Interconnection to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) grid serving the New York metropolitan area, said GE in a recent press release. The project will be able to transfer an incremental 300 megawatts of capacity from PJM to NYISO through a cable running in bedrock beneath the Arthur Kill waterway — originating at GE’s 900 MW Linden, NJ, cogeneration power plant and connecting to Consolidated Edison’s Goethals substation in Staten Island.

NYISO, the corporation operating New York’s bulk electric transmission system, projects that New York City’s peak demand will increase by 1,300 megawatts by 2016. Environmental constraints make siting power plants within New York City difficult and add to the cost of locally generated power. The project will provide access to economic sources of power within the PJM. Culminating with an auction expected in January 2007, GE Energy Financial Services will hold an open season to allocate transmission rights from the project.

The proposed project will consist of the design, construction, and operation of a Variable Frequency Transformer, a proprietary GE technology that enables a simple and controlled transmission path between electrical grids. The Variable Frequency Transformer will be installed at the Linden Cogen power plant, which GE Energy Financial Services purchased earlier this year.

Interested parties may visit or contact Brad Miller of CRA International (617-425-3384, to learn more about the proposed project, the open season process, as well as an informational meeting to be held in New York City. CRA International is managing the open season for GE Energy Financial Services.

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