Newu Generating Station
I Formal Opening Dec.7I
The first completely new electric generating station built in the Chicago area since 1929 will be formally opened Dec. 7, Charles Y. Freeman, chairman of Common- wealth Edison company, said yes- terday. It is the company s Ridge- land station, 4300 S. Ridgeland av. in Stickney township, on which work began more than three years ago.
Ridgeland starts operation with 150,000 kilowatt generating ca- pacity and is designed for ultimate capacity of 600,000 kilowatts. A second 150,000 kilowatt unit is partly Installed and will go into service next summer. A third 150,- 000 unit has been ordered and is expected to be in service in 1953.
The plant is on a 90 acre site on the Chicago sanitary and ship canal.
With Ridgeland's first unit the total generating capacity of the Edison system is raised to 2,S05,- 000 kilowatts. This represents an increase of 514,000 kilowatts since the war. Capacity has been raised 70 per cent since 1929. Earlier additions since 1929 were made by expanding old stations.
Several hundred persons are ex- pected to attend the opening cere- monies, Free-rsn said.