SUEZ Energy to retire coal-fired Syracuse plant on Sept. 25

SUEZ Energy Generation NA, on behalf of its Syracuse Energy affiliate, filed a Sept. 16 letter with the New York State Public Service Commission confirming that it is shutting a 70-MW power plant.

“In accordance with the New York ISO technical bulletin 185, this confirmation is given to retire both generating units at the Syracuse electric generation facility (‘Facility’), effective September 25, 2013,” said the notice. “It is expected all fuel will be consumed and no day ahead bids will be entered.”

The Syracuse facility is comprised of two units with a net capacity of 70 MW.

Syracuse Energy had also filed a brief June 20 notice with the commission that it intends to discontinue operation and permanently retire both generating units at the Syracuse facility effective Sept. 30, 2013. “It is also expected that following the discontinuation of operations and retirement that all equipment at the facility will be dismantled and sold,” the company said in the June 20 notice. “The Facility is a coal fired facility located in Syracuse, New York and is connected to the 115 kV transmission line owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid.”

The contact information for the company is: James Winney, Operations Manager, Syracuse Energy, 315-487-4473 x324, James.Winney@gdfsuezna.com.

This continues a wave of coal capacity shutdowns in recent years in New York state, as generators react to the advanced age of many of these units, new federal air regulations and a drive by current Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a clean energy economy.

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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.