Duke deactivates last capacity at the Beckjord plant in Ohio

The oil-fired Beckjord GT1-GT4 units were deactivated on Dec. 31, said a PJM Interconnection list of deactivated power plant units updated to Jan. 5.

Each of those four units are 47 MW in size. The original deactivation requests for the GT1-GT4 units were filed in September 2014.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced in August 2014 that it will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at Beckjord, located in New Richmond, Ohio, effective in late 2014. 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 in 2014. Beckjord Units 5 (238 MW) and 6 (414 MW) were shut in October 2014.

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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