Bridgeport Harbor Station was originally owned and operated by United Illuminating Company and began providing critical energy needs to the industrial factories and businesses in the South West Connecticut area in 1957 with its first unit.
As the demand for electricity increased in the area, a second electrical generating unit was constructed in 1961 and later, two additional units were added in 1967 and 1968. United Illuminating retired the first unit at Bridgeport Harbor Station in the mid-1990’s.
In 1999, as part of the electrical deregulation requirements, United Illuminating divested of their electrical generation assets and Bridgeport Harbor Station was purchased by WISVEST LLC. WISVEST owned and operated Bridgeport Harbor Station until purchased by PSEG Power Connecticut LLC in 2002.
During the early 2000’s Bridgeport Harbor Station Units 2, 3 & 4 provided electricity for the day-to-day electricity needs of the Bridgeport area as well as additional electricity during extremely hot or cold weather.
Unit 2 was a 170 Megawatt oil fired unit until it was retired in 2012. Unit 3 was originally built as 410 Megawatt that could burn either oil or coal. In 2002, Unit 3 was modified to operate on low sulfur, environmentally friendly coal and in 2015 the oil burning capability was decommissioned. Unit 3 continues to provide additional electricity to the Bridgeport area during extreme hot or cold weather periods.
Unit 4 is a 22 Megawatt Combustion Turbine that is capable of rapidly responding to emergency needs for electricity.
Both Unit 3 & 4 were instrumental in providing electrical generating capability for the Bridgeport region during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and during the prolonged and extreme cold weather during the polar vortex in the winter of 2014.
The original Title V permit for the Bridgeport Harbor Station facility was issued in 2001, and the first renewal was issued in 2007.
On February 9, 2011, parent company PSEG submitted an application to renew the Title V permit for Bridgeport Harbor Station. The State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued its tentative determination to approve the permit application on January 13, 2012.
Upon receiving a request for an informational hearing on the pending outcome, DEEP held an informational hearing on May 14, 2012 in Bridgeport, and the public comment period closed on May 21, 2012.
A proposed Title V permit was issued on September 13, 2012 and was followed by a 45-day review process by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA did not object to the proposed permit granting DEEP permission to issue the permit.
PSEG Power Connecticut announced on February 11, 2016, that it has cleared 485 MWs of Installed Summer Capacity from a new gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in the ISO-New England Forward Capacity Auction. PSEG Power Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport, and several community groups and environmental organizations also announced today that they have agreed to a Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) associated with the plant. The agreement supports the objectives of Connecticut’s Environmental Justice Act. Implementing the agreement is conditioned on receiving key permits necessary for construction.
PSEG Power Connecticut began construction of the clean, natural gas-fired plant in 2017. The plant, which represents an investment of more than $550 million, is targeted to be completed and supplying needed energy to the Connecticut region for the year beginning June 2019.
On Monday, May 14, 2018, our 10-story high HRSG departed from its construction site at Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal, just south of Albany, and traveled 49 hours (nearly 170 nautical miles) down the Hudson and East rivers, through Long Island Sound and into Bridgeport Harbor. The 3,474-ton generator traveled on a 400-foot-long barge navigated by three tugboats to ensure its safe travel and successful arrival to its new home.
On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the HRSG pulled into Bridgeport Harbor and made the journey in record time, arriving 90 minutes ahead of schedule. Despite the torrential weather, our teams worked expeditiously to unload the generator from its floating barge to dry land. On Saturday, May 19, the HRSG was rolled off of its temporary platform and finally was set onto its foundation and final resting place on the BHS site.
PSEG Power announced on June 25, 2019, that its 485-megawatt combined-cycle Bridgeport Harbor Station 5 is online and available to provide energy to thousands of homes and businesses in Connecticut and add resiliency to the grid.