The Woodbridge Energy Center (WEC) is a 725 megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle power generation facility located in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The WEC generates enough electricity to power more than 700,000 homes, helping New Jersey to safely meet its demand for energy with reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-responsible low emissions generation. The facility utilizes advanced generation technology, making it one of the nation’s cleanest and most efficient power generation facilities. Because the WEC is so efficient, it will reduce New Jersey’s dependence on older and less efficient power generating facilities. By displacing older facilities, the WEC improves the state’s environmental profile by providing electricity with fewer associated emissions or externalities.
As part of CPV’s mission to conserve natural resources, the WEC uses predominantly “grey water” from the nearby Middlesex County Utilities Authority to meet facility cooling needs. By using recycled wastewater that would otherwise be discharged to the Raritan River, the WEC is minimizing its impact on valuable water resources and the environment while putting a waste product to productive use and creating an additional revenue stream for the region.
Another important environmental and economic benefit of the WEC is its location in a former Brownfield Development Area (BDA). Remediation and reuse of the long abandoned chemical plant where the WEC plant has been built, is part of an important initiative underway among the State of New Jersey, private developers, and local municipalities to clean up contaminated properties while bringing back jobs and economic development. Part of the remediation of the WEC site also includes access to the Raritan River for recreational purposes.
Type of Facility: Highly-efficient, combined-cycle natural gas electric generating station
Location: 26 acres in Woodbridge, NJ on the site of an abandoned chemical plant
Capacity: 725 MW
Facility On-line Date: January 15, 2016
Fuel: Natural gas
Electric Interconnection: Jersey Central Power and Light’s Raritan River substation, approximately 3 miles away