NRG gives up EWG status for shut Norwalk Harbor plant

The Norwalk Power LLC unit of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) filed a brief notice on Nov. 27 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it no longer seeks to maintain its exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status because it has shut its 340-MW (net) power plant.

“Norwalk Power filed an application for EWG status in the above-referenced docket on December 7, 1999,” the notice said. “The Commission granted Norwalk Power EWG status on January 21, 2000. Norwalk Power deactivated its electric generating facility on June 1, 2013 and has no current plans to resume operations at the facility. Accordingly, Norwalk Power submits this notice that it no longer seeks to maintain its EWG status.”

Lee Davis, the President of NRG Energy’s East Region, in Sept. 10 testimony filed at FERC blamed the “poor design” of the ISO New England Forward Capacity Market for NRG’s decision to deactivate the Norwalk Harbor station. This oil-fired facility is the same type of resource that ISO-NE said it needs to reliably operate the system during periods of natural gas constraints, he noted at the time.

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