NRG reports no progress lately with 550-MW California gas project

NRG Willow Pass LLC told the California Energy Commission on Dec. 1 that it has made no major progress since the last quarterly report on its 550-MW, gas-fired project.

On June 10, the commission agreed to suspend it certificate review case for this project until June 30, 2015, and directed Willow Pass to submit quarterly status reports beginning Sept. 1. The company is developing the Willow Pass Project, a 550-MW, natural gas-fired facility to be located at the site of an existing power plant in Pittsburg, California. Willow Pass would be located two miles west of the Pittsburg city center within the existing Pittsburg Power Plant site. Currently, the site is occupied by seven generating units, three of which are still in operation.

“There are no new developments to report at this time,” said the company. “Willow Pass and its ultimate parent, NRG Energy, Inc., remain committed to pursuing the Willow Pass Project and continue to look for opportunities to restart active development. The timing likely depends on the availability of a long-term contracting opportunity that would support financing and construction. Willow Pass will provide an update regarding any new developments in its next quarterly status report.”

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