Black River Generating Facility

From Global Energy Monitor

Black River Generating Facility is an operating power station of at least 56-megawatts (MW) in Fort Drum, New York, United States.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Black River Generating Facility Fort Drum, New York, United States 44.036717, -75.771528 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit GEN1: 44.0365, -75.772

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 retired coal - unknown 55.5 subcritical 1989 2013
Unit GEN1 operating[1] bioenergy - wood & other biomass (solids), other - other, fossil liquids - unknown[1] 56[1] 1989[1]

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Operator
Unit 1 Black River Generation LLC [100.0%]
Unit GEN1 Black River Generation LLC[1] Black River Generation LLC[1]

Unit-level fuel conversion details:

Unit 1: Converted from coal - unknown to bioenergy - wood & other biomass (solids), other - other, fossil liquids - unknown in 2013.


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.[3]


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[4] 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 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory". US Energy Information Administration. 44655. Archived from the original on 44655. Retrieved 44655. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date=, |date=, and |archive-date= (help)
  2. "Energy Investors Funds’ US Power Fund, L.P. Acquires Black River Energy, L.P." EIF News, July 19, 2004.
  3. "ReEnergy Black River," ReEnergy Black River, accessed Jan 2017
  4. "GHG Facility Details". Retrieved 2022-09-09.

Additional data

To access additional data, including interactive maps of the power stations, downloadable datasets, and summary data, please visit the Global Bioenergy Power Tracker and the Global Coal Plant Tracker on the Global Energy Monitor website.