NRG permits coal-to-gas switch at Shawville plant in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief notice in the Feb. 14 Pennsylvania Bulletin that is has gotten an air permit application from the NRG REMA LLC unit of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) to add gas-fired capability at the Shawville coal plant.

The notice said this is an “application for the addition of natural gas firing capability to the operation of the electric utility steam generating units located in Bradford Township, Clearfield County, at the Shawville Generating Station. Additionally, the applicant has requested plant-wide applicability limits (PALs) for PM2.5 PM10, SO2, NOx, CO, VOC, Pb, PM, H2SO4 and CO2e emissions at the facility. The facility is a Title V facility.”

NRG Energy said in its November 2014 Form 10-Q report that in late April 2014, it notified PJM Interconnection that it no longer intends to place coal-fired Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the Shawville facility (597 MW) in Pennsylvania in long term protective layup, but instead will mothball those units beginning on April 16, 2015, and then return those units to service no later than June 1, 2016, using natural gas.

In a Jan. 15 investor presentation, NRG also indicated the plan to switch Shawville to gas, with a commercial operation start on gas in the summer of 2016. It also mentioned plans for coal-to-gas switches at: Dunkirk in New York (435 MW), commercial operation start in fall 2016; Avon Lake in Ohio (732 MW), summer 2016; and New Castle in Pennsylvania (330 MW), summer 2016. There is also a coal-to-oil conversion planned for a summer 2016 commercial start of 401 MW of capacity at the Portland plant in Pennsylvania.

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