Rochester Gas & Electric to shut 18-MW gas unit in March

Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) told the New York State Public Service Commission in a Dec. 2 notice that it intends to discontinue operation of the Unit 2 combustion turbine at its Station 9 effective 90 days from the date of the Dec. 2 letter.

The Unit 2 is an 18-MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine located in Rochester, N.Y. Under a prior commission merger order, the company was required to divest its fossil generation. RG&E said it was unable to sell Station 9 in the resulting fossil auction process.

The unit recently experienced equipment failures that necessitated a forced outage. Estimated repair costs and other related capital expenditures that would be required to bring the unit back to an operational status, when combined with current and currently forecast market prices, have resulted in a decision to retire the unit, RG&E said. The GenerationHub database shows this as the only unit at the site.

RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 368,000 electricity customers and 305,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered around the City of Rochester.

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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.