Black River Generating Facility

From Global Energy Monitor

Black River Electric Generating Facility is a coal-fired power station owned by the investment group Energy Investors Funds Group in Fort Drum, New York.

The plant stopped burning coal in 2013 and was converted to burn biomass.[1]


The plant is located inside the Fort Drum U.S. Army post near Watertown, New York.

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Plant Data

  • Owner: ReEnergy Holdings
  • Parent Company: Riverstone Holdings
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 55.5 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: 55.5 MW (1989)
  • Location: Oneida Ave. and 2nd St. West, Fort Drum, NY 13603
  • GPS Coordinates: 44.036717, -75.771528
  • Electricity Production: 355,836 MWh (2005)
  • Coal Consumption:
  • Coal Source:
  • Number of Employees:


On June 28, 2004, Energy Investors Funds Group announced that its U.S. Power Fund acquired Black River Energy and its assets including Black River Generating Facility in New York.[2]

The plant was purchased by ReEnergy Holdings of Riverstone Holdings LLC in December 2011 and was converted to biomass in 2013.[1]


Private equity firm The Carlyle Group was invested in the Black River Generating Facility from 2012-2019. [Source forthcoming, this section is under construction]

GEM is a part of a consortium of groups studying private equity's impacts on climate. More information about this and other deals can be found on GEM's "Carlyle's Private Equity Investments" Wiki page.

During the time Carlyle was invested in Black River, EPA emissions data[3] were as follows:

Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2012 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2013 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2014 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2015 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2016 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2017 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2018 Total CO2 emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2019
106 21442 37232 29194 52545 63354 72778 69786
Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2012 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2013 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2014 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2015 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2016 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2017 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2018 Methane emissions (Tonnes CO2e) 2019
0 820 906 954 1,032 1,058 1,079 940

Emissions Data

  • CO2 Emissions:
  • SO2 Emissions: 684 tons (2002)
  • SO2 Emissions per MWh: 3.84 lb/MWh
  • NOx Emissions: 345 tons (2002)
  • Mercury Emissions:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "ReEnergy Black River," ReEnergy Black River, accessed Jan 2017
  2. "Energy Investors Funds’ US Power Fund, L.P. Acquires Black River Energy, L.P." EIF News, July 19, 2004.
  3. "GHG Facility Details". Retrieved 2022-09-09.

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