NRG Energy lays out schedule for plant repowerings, fuel conversions and retrofits

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) said in a May 8 quarterly earnings presentation that it is pursuing several power plant repowerings, coal-to-gas-conversions and environmental compliance projects for coal units.

Those projects are:

Repowering/Other

  • Robinson Peakers, Texas, 360 MW, new natural gas-fired capacity at shut power plant site, estimated commercial in spring 2016;
  • Carlsbad Peakers, California, 533 MW, new natural gas-fired capacity at existing plant site, commercial operation fall 2017; and
  • Puente (formerly Mandalay Bay), California, 262 MW, new natural gas-fired capacity at existing plant site, commercial in spring 2020.

Fuel Conversions

  • GenOn Facilities (includes coal-fired Avon Lake Units 7 and 9, New Castle Units 3-5, Portland Units 1-2 and Shawville Units 1-4)/Dunkirk, 2,505 MW, conversions to gas for most units/oil for Portland, commercial in summer 2016, Avon Lake is in Ohio, New Castle/Portland/ Shawville are in Pennsylvania, and Dunkirk is in New York;
  • Big Cajun II Unit 2, Louisiana, 575 MW, coal-to-gas conversion, commercial in summer 2015; and
  • Joliet Units 6-8, Illinois, 1,326 MW, coal-to-gas conversion, commercial in summer 2016.

Environmental Compliance (coal units)

  • Big Cajun II Units 1 and 3, Louisiana, 921 MW, activated carbon injection and dry sorbent injection installations, commercial in spring 2015;
  • Parish 5-8/Limestone 1-2, both in Texas, 4,193 MW, activated carbon injection and continuous emissions monitors, commercial in spring 2015; and
  • Waukegan Unit 8/Powerton Units 5 and 6, both in Illinois, 1,986 MW, dry sorbent injection installation and electrostatic precipitator upgrades, commercial in spring 2015 and fall 2016.