Duke plans to shut down all capacity at Beckjord site in Ohio

Sept. 26 applications were filed with PJM Interconnection for the deactivations in December of four oil-fired units at the Walter C. Beckjord power plant.

A pending deactivation list from PJM, updated to Oct. 1, shows that the requests cover Walter C. Beckjord GT 1, GT 2, GT 3 and GT 4, each with a capacity of 47 MW. The requested deactivation date for each unit is Dec. 25 of this year. In each case, PJM is doing a reliability analysis to see if these unit shutdowns will cause any grid issues. These four units are all 42 years old.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced Aug. 28 that it will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at Beckjord, located in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1. Due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increasingly stringent regulations on power plant emissions, Duke Energy Ohio three years ago announced its intent to retire coal-fired Units 1 through 6 – totaling 862 MW of capacity. Beckjord Unit 1 was retired in 2012, Units 2 and 3 were retired in 2013 and Unit 4 was retired earlier this year. A separate PJM list, updated to Oct. 1, of executed deactivations shows that Beckjord Units 5 (238 MW) and 6 (414 MW) were shut on Oct. 1.

Said the Duke website about the oil units at the site: “The W.C. Beckjord Combustion Turbine Site is a nominal 244-megawatt facility with four fuel oil-fired combustion turbines located in New Richmond, Ohio, approximately 20 miles east of Cincinnati. Duke Energy owns 100 percent of the units. The Beckjord CTs are located in the Reliability First region and the capacity is dispatched into PJM.”

The GenerationHub database shows that each of these oil-fired units, GT1-GT4, has a 53 MW nameplate capacity and 47 MW net summer. The database shows that these oil units, and the shut coal units, are the only units at this plant.

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