The co-owners of the Walter C. Beckjord coal plant in Ohio, including Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), have again moved up the planned deactivation dates for Units 2 and 3, to November of this year, but have stuck with planned deactivation dates for Units 4-6.
PJM Interconnection, in a Sept. 3 update of its list of pending power plant deactivations within its operating region, noted that the deactivation requests for Beckjord Units 2-6 were initially filed in February 2012. The initial deactivation dates for Units 2 and 3 were in May 2012, with that later moved back to April 2015.
Identical updated notations for Units 2 and 3 in the PJM list said: “Reliability Analysis complete – impacts identified – upgrades scheduled to be completed by May 1, 2012. On April 2, 2012 Duke submitted an updated notice to PJM indicating the Deactivation Date for Beckjord 2 and 3 would now be April 1, 2015. On 8/27/2013 PJM received another updated deactivation notice from Duke requesting to deactivate unit no later than 11/21/2013.”
The original April 2015 deactivation dates for Beckjord Units 4-6 remain in place. Said PJM in notations about each of those units: “Reliability Analysis complete – impacts identified – upgrades scheduled to be completed by June 2014.”
The size of the units are: Unit 2 – 94 MW; Unit 3 – 128 MW; Unit 4 – 150 MW; Unit 5 – 238 MW; and Unit 6 – 414 MW.
Other Beckjord owners include American Electric Power and Dayton Power and Light.