Beebee power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Beebee power station is a retired 188-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of New York, United States.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of New York, United States.

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The Beebee power station was adapted from a power plant that was constructed in 1892 by Rochester Gas and Electricity (RG&E). In 1998, RG&E announced that it would retire the plant in mid-1999, following concerns of toxic substances in the area, as well as reduced profitability.[2] At the time, the Beebee power plant was the company's smallest coal-fired generator, with only one of its generators - Unit 15 - still running. There were 35 employees working at the station at the time of retirement.[1] As of 2002, a 15-megawatt combustion turbine and a 6-megawatt hydropower plant were still operating on the site; a spokesman from RG&E said that the company was planning to keep the hydroplant operational.[3] RG&E announced it would demolish the power plant in 2013, due to issues with asbestos, lead paint and other hazards that made the facility unsafe.[2]


Between the 1980s and 1990s, RG&E was mandated to clean the site (as well as two others nearby) by New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. As of 2002, RG&E had spent $5.1 million cleaning up the sites, which were contaminated with coal-tar residue that contained toxic chemicals such as heavy metals and cyanide.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Rochester Gas And Elec Corp
  • Parent company: Iberdrola
  • Location: the state of New York, United States
  • Coordinates: 43.1624, -77.6265 (exact)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 188 MW
    • Unit 12: Coal-fired subcritical, 62 MW (start-up in 1948)
    • Unit 13: Coal-fired subcritical, 62 MW (start-up in 1950)
    • Unit 14: Coal-fired subcritical, 62 MW (start-up in 1953)
    • Unit 15: Coal-fired subcritical, 80 MW (start-up in 1959)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "RG&E Plans Plant Closing". Power Engineering. June 1, 1998. Retrieved May 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Orr, Steve (September 3, 2013). "RG&E plans to tear down old Beebee plant". Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Connor, Megan (2002-03-29). "Beebee Station still for sale as High Falls develops". Rochester Business Journal. Retrieved 2021-05-17.