Syracuse Energy selling off parts of shut coal plant in New York

Syracuse Energy on Jan. 2 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of cancellation of its market-based rate tariff because it has permanently shut down its power plant in New York state.

Syracuse said it owns a 101.6-MW generation facility located in Syracuse, N.Y., within the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) market.

“The Syracuse Facility permanently ceased operations in September 2013 and Syracuse no longer owns or operates facilities used for the generation of electric energy for resale,” said the Jan. 2 notice. “Syracuse plans to sell certain of the Syracuse Facility’s assets, including a boiler and some metal, to a buyer that will not operate those assets as a generation facility in the NYISO market. Instead, Syracuse’s understanding is that the purchaser plans to use the metal for scrap and to use the boiler for other purposes in a location remote from the NYISO market.”

Prior to ceasing operations, Syracuse sold the electricity from its facility to its affiliate, GDF SUEZ Energy Marketing NA Inc., under its market-based rate authority. Syracuse said it is not, and will not, make any future sales of energy, capacity and/or ancillary services.

SUEZ Energy Generation NA, on behalf of its Syracuse Energy affiliate, had filed a Sept. 16, 2013, letter with the New York State Public Service Commission confirming that it is shutting this 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.”

Syracuse Energy had also filed a brief June 20, 2013, notice with the commission that it intended 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.”

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