Four Virginia Electric coal units deactivated on Dec. 23

The coal-fired Chesapeake Units 1-4, owned by Virginia Electric and Power, were officially deactivated on Dec. 23, said a PJM Interconnection list of deactivations updated to Dec. 23.

Chesapeake Unit and 2 are each 111 MW in size, while Unit 3 is 147 MW and Unit 4 is 207 MW. Virginia Electric and its parent, Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), have been saying for some time that these units would be retired, with new gas-fired capacity in construction that will replace them.

These are not the only units on Virginia Electric’s holiday hit list. A PJM list of pending deactivations updated to Dec. 22 shows that the utility’s coal-fired Yorktown Unit 1 (159 MW) and Yorktown Unit 2 (165 MW) are both still slated for deactivation as of Dec. 31 of this year.

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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.