KeySpan Corp.'s (New York, New York) new 250-MW electric-generating plant at its Ravenswood facility in Long Island City, Queens, New York, was synchronized to the Con Edison grid for the first time.

In its first major test, the unit was stabilized at a minimum generation load for two hours and then removed from service in a controlled shutdown. The plant is the first base-load electric generating facility to be built in New York City since deregulation began in the late 1990s.

The plant expands the capacity of Ravenswood electric-generating facility by 250 MW. Ravenswood can currently provide 2160 MW of electric power, or about 25% of the city's electric needs. The expansion will increase Ravenswood's electric-generation capacity by 12%, to 2410 MW.

Originally proposed in 1999, the expansion was approved by New York State's Siting Board on Electric Generation and the Environment in 2001. Construction began in 2002. The plant's official launch is expected in March 2004.
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