Duke Energy pulls the plug on first units at Beckjord coal plant

The owner of the coal-fired Walter C. Beckjord Units 2 and 3 deactivated those facilities on Oct. 1, said an updated list of deactivations issued Oct. 4 by PJM Interconnection.

Unit 2 has 94 MW of capacity and Unit 3 has 128 MW, PJM noted. The deactivation request was made by Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). In April 2012, Duke submitted an updated notice to PJM indicating the deactivation date for Beckjord 2 and 3 would be April 2015. On Aug. 27, PJM received another update from Duke requesting to deactivate no later than Nov. 21. “Reliability analysis showed no impacts with new deactivation date,” PJM wrote.

An updated Oct. 4 pending deactivation list from PJM shows that Beckjord Unit 4 (150 MW), Unit 5 (238 MW) and Unit 6 (414 MW) are all due for deactivation by April 1, 2015, which is about the time the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards take effect. Unit 1 had already been retired.

“W.C. Beckjord Station is a nominal 862-megawatt facility with six coal/steam units located in New Richmond, Ohio, approximately 20 miles east of Cincinnati,” said the Duke website. “Duke Energy owns 100 percent of units 1 through 5, and 37.5 percent of unit 6 (Dayton Power & Light owns 50 percent and American Electric Power owns 12.5 percent). The station is located in the Reliability First region and dispatched into PJM.”

U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that coal suppliers to Beckjord earlier this year included the Sugar Camp mine in Illinois of Foresight Energy, the River View mine in western Kentucky of Alliance Coal, the Somerville mine in Indiana of Peabody Energy and the Cumberland mine in Pennsylvania of Alpha Natural Resources.

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