Rise Light & Power Partners with JINGOLI Competitive Edge Program and Commits to Training the Middlesex County Workforce

Rise Light & Power Partners with JINGOLI Competitive Edge Program and Commits to Training the Middlesex County Workforce

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SOUTH AMBOY, NJ – Rise Light & Power, owner of the former Werner Power Plant, today announced two training programs in partnership with JINGOLI Power (JINGOLI) and the JINGOLI Competitive Edge program to support the construction of the Outerbridge Renewable Connector (Outerbridge) project of the society. The programs will provide highly marketable skills and training to Middlesex County residents and reinvest in the local economy.

Outerbridge will help New Jersey meet its offshore wind goals by repurposing the Werner site, a former coal-fired power plant, to serve as a hub connecting offshore wind turbines to the power grid. As well as supporting local community redevelopment goals, it will also save ratepayers money and avoid the beach impacts that have plagued other offshore wind projects.

JINGOLI will serve as construction manager for the South Amboy-based project If the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approves Rise’s plan to bring offshore wind power cables ashore at the site of a former power plant coal-fired, JINGOLI will roll out its exclusive Competitive Edge program, designed to keep project dollars in the community and help strengthen the local economy and workforce.

“JINGOLI Power’s successful management of similar projects makes it a natural partner for our Outerbridge project,” said Clint Plummer, CEO of Rise. “JINGOLI Competitive Edge will advance Rise’s commitment to fund and implement ways to grow the local economy in Middlesex County and help train workers for the emerging clean energy industry.”

“We are excited to bring the Competitive Edge program to the Outerbridge project to give interns the opportunity to learn from experts on the job and explore our industry as a viable career path,” said Karl Miller, CEO of JINGOLI Power. “When you can help someone learn a valuable skill, it has the potential to change their life, and that’s certainly what we hope for workers in Middlesex County.”

“The Competitive Edge program is not limited to construction and project management”, said Joseph R. Jingoli, Jr., CEO of JINGOLI. “It gives us the opportunity to work within a community to provide local residents with valuable skills, while strengthening the local economy.”

Lawrenceville-based JINGOLI operates in 19 states, providing professional services for complex electric utility construction projects. Competitive Edge includes two related initiatives: Middlesex County Leaders in Training (LIT) and Middlesex County Train-to-Hire (TTH):

  • LIT is a paid summer work program for 100 local youth aged 14-18. Participants are paid $15 an hour to beautify their communities, clean up parks, help seniors, plant flowers, mow lawns and support local food pantries. Students who turn 18 and complete the summer program are recruited to participate in the TTH program as paid interns.
  • After completing TTH, 30 interns between the ages of 18 and 30 will be paid between $18 and $21 per hour to work on Outerbridge, directly for JINGOLI and its contractor partners. For trainees interested in craft work, JINGOLI will connect them with union representatives to engage them in apprenticeship programs. The Middlesex County program will build on three similar training and employment efforts underway in Atlantic City with Atlantic City Electric on a major substation and transmission project; in Newark with PSEG on a major substation project; and in New Brunswick with the New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) on a large commercial project.

“Jingoli’s Competitive Edge program helps break down barriers to employment in construction and encourages a more diverse workforce than traditionally represented in this industry,” said Christopher Paladino, President of DEVCO. “In New Brunswick, we are seeing first-hand the benefits of their construction training initiative and summer youth program.

“Bringing these innovative programs to our community will provide benefits for years to come,” said South Amboy Mayor Fred Henry. “Not only is Rise’s Outerbridge Renewable Connector project investing in New Jersey’s clean energy future, it is also investing in the development of our community’s residents and workforce.”


About Rise Light & Power

Rise Light & Power is a regional energy asset manager and developer based in Queens, New York. Its core asset, the Long Island City Ravenswood Generating Station, is New York City’s largest power generation facility, supplying more than 20% of New York City’s generating capacity. Rise is also pursuing an exciting growth-focused strategy, including modernization and resiliency upgrades at Ravenswood, as well as new large-scale clean energy infrastructure to facilitate the transition to renewable energy taking place across the region. New York-New Jersey area. Rise Light & Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of LS Power. For more information, visit www.riselight.com.

About JINGOLI Power

JINGOLI Power is a nationwide leading service provider for complex power generation and distribution projects. The Lawrenceville, New Jersey-based company offers a full range of EPC, Design-Build and Design-Build-Own-Operate services, from development and engineering to construction and project management. To learn more, visit www.jingolipower.com.

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