PSEG asks for June 2015 deactivation for oil- and gas-fired peakers

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) filed Jan. 11 requests with PJM Interconnection to deactivate a slew of power generating units in New Jersey as of June 2015.

Those deactivations are covered in a PJM list of pending deactivation requests, updated to Jan. 14. The deactivations submitted Jan. 11 by PSEG cover:

  • Burlington 11, Units 111-114 (four units in total), with each unit having 46 MW of capacity. The PSEG website shows Burlington with 557 MW of peaking capacity and that it is fired by oil and natural gas;
  • Edison 1, Units 11-14 (four units in total), with each unit having a capacity of 42 MW;
  • Edison 2, Units 21-24 (four units in total), with each unit having a capacity of 42 MW;
  • Edison 3, Units 31-34 (four units in total), with each having a capacity of 42 MW. The PSEG website shows only one Edison plant, which is a gas-fired peaker with 504 MW of capacity. Generation Hub data shows all the Edison 1, Edison 2 and Edison 3 units mentioned for deactivation are at this plant;
  • Essex 10, Units 101-104 (four units), each having a capacity of 42 MW; and
  • Essex 11, Units 111-114 (four units), each having a capacity of 46 MW. Again, there is only one Essex plant shown on the PSEG website, which is a 617-MW peaker fired by oil and gas. And again, Generation Hub data shows all these units mentioned are at this plant.

There were other deactivation requests filed with PJM on Jan. 11.

  • Dayton Power and Light filed to deactivate its coal-fired Hutchings Unit 3 (59 MW), Unit 5 (58 MW) and Unit 6 (57 MW) in June 2015. Dayton already has a pending request with PJM, filed in May 2012, to deactivate in June 2015 these units: Hutchings 1 (53 MW), Hutchings 2 (50 MW) and Hutchings 4 (62 MW). The plant is located in Ohio.
  • An unnamed entity asked to deactivate, as of the end of May 2015, Middle Energy Center 1 (19 MW), Middle Energy Center 2 (20 MW) and Middle Energy Center 3 (36 MW). Calpine has a three-unit, 77-MW, oil-fired Middle Energy Center plant in New Jersey that its website describes this way: “The Middle Energy Center units began commercial operation in the early 1970s and are operated as peaking units. Calpine acquired Middle in 2010 as part of its acquisition of the Conectiv Energy assets.” A Calpine spokesperson was unavailable for comment on whether this is the plant mentioned in the PJM deactivation list.
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