GenOn looking to shut combustion turbine units in May 2015

GenOn Energy, which recently became part of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) on Jan. 22 asked PJM Interconnection for deactivation as of May 2015 of nine units at the Werner and Gilbert power plants in New Jersey, according to an updated list of pending deactivations issued by PJM on Jan 22.

The list doesn’t actually say that GenOn was the requesting party, but various reference sources indicate that this is the case. The GenerationHub database, for example, gives the controlling party for both plants as GenOn REMA LLC. That GenerationHub database shows the fuel for five Gilbert units mentioned in the PJM list as natural gas, while the fuel for the four 53-MW (nameplate) units at Werner is oil.

These deactivation requests give PJM advance warnings of planned shutdowns, allowing it to figure out well ahead of time any transmission upgrades needed to keep the grid stable with these plants offline.

The Jan. 22 deactivation requests cover:

  • Werner CT C1-C4, with each of these four units having 53 MW of capacity apiece.
  • Gilbert CT C1-C4, with C1 having a capacity of 23 MW and the other three units having capacities of 25 MW apiece.
  • Gilbert 8, 90 MW.

GenOn said in its Nov. 9, 2012, Form 10-Q quarterly statement about its aggressive deactivation program covering various coal plants: “We deactivated the following coal-fired units at the referenced times: Niles unit 2 (108 MW) June 2012, Niles unit 1 (109 MW) October 2012, Elrama units 1-3 (289 MW) mothballed June 2012 (plan to retire in March 2014) and Elrama unit 4 (171 MW) mothballed October 2012 (plan to retire in March 2014).”

GenOn added in the Form 10-Q: “We expect to deactivate the following generating capacity, primarily coal-fired units, at the referenced times: Portland (401 MW) January 2015, Gilbert unit 8 (90 MW) January 2015, Avon Lake (732 MW) April 2015, New Castle (330 MW) April 2015, Titus (243 MW) April 2015, Shawville (597 MW) place in long-term protective layup in April 2015 and Glen Gardner (160 MW) May 2015.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.