Beebee power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Beebee power station is a retired 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]

Based on a 2023 search, the U.S. EIA data included four units at a "Rochester 7" power station reportedly retired in 2008 and located along the shore, but this retirement year does not appear to match the Beebee power station information above.


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):
    • 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.