PJM fields request to deactivate two units of Lake Kingman power plant

PJM Interconnection said in a Feb. 18 version of its pending power plant deactivation list that it got a Feb. 2 request to deactivate, as of May 31, the 115-MW Lake Kingman power plant, which is located in the Dominion zone.

PJM said it is looking at reliability issues related to this request. It gave no information on the identity of the power plant operator. This deactivation request is also mentioned in a Feb. 12 report from PJM’s Transmission Expansion Advisory Committee, but with no further details given other than it covers Lake Kingman Units A and B. The Dominion zone is based around Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power.

A December 2014 report that Dominion filed with FERC said there is a 115-MW Lake Kingman power plant in Portsmouth, Va., where it had a QF energy or capacity contract that expired in 2008. The plant interconnects at Dominion’s Lake Kingman substation. The QF number (QF86-835) that it gave in that report matches that given in various filings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the last 20+ years of the coal-fired Portsmouth Genco LLC power plant of Cogentrix. Also, the address that Dominion gave for the Lake Kingman plant, at One Wild Duck Lane, matches the address that Portsmouth Genco gave for its plant in a December 2013 filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Incidentally, the GenerationHub database has a satellite picture of the Portsmouth Genco plant that shows it as being on Wild Duck Lane and that it is next to a small body of water called Lake Kingman.

Said the Cogentrix website about this plant: “The Portsmouth Genco, LLC facility is an upgraded version of the plant originally developed and constructed by Cogentrix in 1988. The plant is a nominal 110 MW under-feed stoker coal-fired cogeneration facility located in Portsmouth, Virginia along the banks of the Elizabeth River. Although originally designed and commissioned as a cogeneration plant, Portsmouth no longer has customers for its cogenerated steam. All of the plant output is dedicated to generating electricity, which is delivered to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).”

Said the website of equity investor The Carlyle Group about two coal plants it bought stakes in back in 2012: “Hopewell and Portsmouth are each 120 MW (nominal) coal stoker-fired boiler power generation facilities in Virginia. Engineered, developed and constructed by Cogentrix in 1987 and 1988, the facilities sell power to Northern Virginia Electric Co-op under a long-term power purchase agreement. Carlyle owns 50% of each facility.”

A PJM spokesperson on Feb. 20 declined comment, saying PJM holds the names of the companies with plants on the deactivation list as confidential. Cogentrix couldn’t be reached for comment.

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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.