NRG deactivated Portland coal units on June 1

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) on June 1 deactivated two coal-fired units at its Portland power plant in Pennsylvania, said an updated power plant deactivation list issued June 11 by PJM Interconnection.

The deactivations involved Portland Unit 1 (158 MW) and Unit 2 (243 MW). Under basically identical headings for each unit, PJM wrote about Unit 1: “On May 15, 2013 NRG submitted an updated deactivation notice with an effective deactivation date of 6/1/2014. New reliability analysis complete. Impacts identified and upgrades expected to be completed by new deactivation date (June 1, 2014). Portland 1 considering the re-use of CIRs. Unit deactivated on 6/1/2014.” Both units had originally been due to be deactivated on Jan. 7, 2015.

A CIR is a capacity interconnection right, incidentally, which gives a power plant operator the right to existing capacity on the PJM system for future generation without having to go through the PJM queue process that is normally required for new generation.

NRG Energy in May 2013 said that it had agreed with the states of New Jersey and Connecticut to settle a lawsuit concerning the end of operation of the two Portland coal units. The settlement, via a federal consent decree, allowed the parties to avoid further litigation of a lawsuit that began in 2007.

Also deactivated recently were the gas-fired Deepwater Unit 1 (78 MW) and Unit 6 (80 MW) in New Jersey, which are controlled by Calpine (NYSE: CPN). Said the PJM list in a passage about one of the units, which applies to both: “On Sept 4, 2013 PJM received an updated deactivation notice indicating the Deepwater units would now be deactivated on May 31, 2014. Updated reliability analysis complete. One impact identified and expected to be completed before June 1, 2014. Unit deactivated on 5/31/2014.” Both units had originally been due to be deactivated on May 31, 2015, so the schedule for both was moved up by a year.

Also deactivated on June 1 were:

  • Riverside Unit 6 in Maryland, 118 MW. The gas- and oil-fired Riverside plant is controlled by Exelon (NYSE: EXC); and
  • Burlington 9 GT in New Jersey, 184 MW. This gas- and oil-fired plant is controlled by PSEG Fossil LLC.
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