Latest coal unit at NRG’s Indian River plant gets deactivated

The coal-fired Indian River Unit 3 in Delaware was deactivated on Dec. 31, 2013, following a notice to PJM Interconnection in August 2010 that it would be deactivated at that point.

That is according to a PJM list of power unit deactivations in its operating region, updated to Jan. 13. Indian River Unit 3 has 170 MW of capacity, said the list. That list also shows that Indian River Unit 2 (89 MW) was deactivated in May 2010, and Unit 1 (90 MW) was deactivated in May 2011.

A fact sheet on the NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) website said that the remaining coal unit at the plant, Unit 4, got a $360m air quality control system that went online at the end of 2011.  

NRG, within an October 2013 application at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, listed its past and future power plant shutdowns around the country. The application was for approval of NRG’s still-pending buy of most of the generating plants of Edison Mission Energy out of a bankruptcy case. Indian River is one of the plants where past and future shutdowns have happened or will happen.

  • Indian River Power LLC owns and operates an approximately 566-MW (summer rating) coal-fired facility in Millsboro, Del., in the PJM Interconnection East, 5004/5005 and AP South sub-markets. Units 1 and 2 at this facility, which together had a capacity of 160 MW (summer rating), were deactivated in 2011 and 2010, respectively, and Unit 3, which has a generating capacity of 150 MW (summer rating), is to be deactivated in December 2013, said the FERC filing.
  • El Segundo Power LLC is an NRG affiliate that owns and operates an approximately 335 MW (summer rating) natural gas-fired facility in El Segundo, Calif., in the California ISO (CAISO) region. Unit 3 at this facility, which had a capacity of 335 MW (summer rating), was deactivated in July 2013.
  • NRG Delta LLC owns a 674-MW (summer rating), gas-fired plant in Antioch, Calif. (the Contra Costa Generating Station), which was deactivated in May 2013.
  • NRG Potomac River LLC, which owns an approximately 482-MW (summer rating) coal-fired facility in Alexandria, Va., that was deactivated in October 2012.
  • NRG Power Midwest LP, which owns and operates, among other things, an approximately 25-MW (summer rating) oil-fired facility (the Niles Generating Station) in Trumbull County, Ohio (PJM). The coal-fired Units 1 and 2 at the Niles facility, which together had a capacity of 217 MW (summer rating), were deactivated in October 2012 and June 2012, respectively. NRG Midwest also owns an approximately 171 MW (summer rating) coal-fired facility in Elrama, Pa. The coal-fired Units 1-3 at Elrama were deactivated in June 2012, and the remaining coal unit, Unit 4, was deactivated in October 2012.
  • NRG REMA LLC controls an approximately 31 MW (summer rating) natural gas- and oil-fired facility (the Titus Generating Station) in Birdsboro, Pa. (PJM; 5004/5005 and AP South sub-markets). The coal-fired Units 1-3 at Titus, which together had a capacity of 243 MW (summer rating), were deactivated in September 2013.
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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.