NRG to retire two Huntley coal units in New York in early 2016

NRG Energy‘s (NYSE: NRG) Huntley Power LLC on Aug. 25 filed a brief notice with the New York State Public Service Commission that it intends to cease operation and retire Units 67 and 68 at the Huntley facility on March 1, 2016.

Huntley Units 67 and 68 are coal-fired units, with 218 MW of nameplate capacity apiece, that began operating in 1957 and 1958, respectively. The units are located in Tonawanda, N.Y., and are interconnected to the National Grid system in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Zone A.

“The current power prices and market conditions in New York State are such that it is no longer economical for NRG to continue operating the Units,” said the notice. “Thus, because the facility is not currently economic and is not expected to be economic, NRG intends to retire the units. Should circumstances change, NRG will notify all parties to this notice. NRG is simultaneously providing a copy of this notice to the NYISO and National Grid in accordance with the Order and Technical Bulletin No. 185 issued by the NYISO.”

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