FERC okays market authority for planned new owner of Seward coal plant

On Jan. 12, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a December application from Seward Generation LLC, the prospective new owner of a coal-fired, 585-MW power plant in Pennsylvania, for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff.

The market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) announced Dec. 1 that it has agreed to sell the Seward plant to Seward Generation, an affiliate of Robindale Energy Services, with the deal to close in the first quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approvals. Robindale is the long-time supplier of waste coal and other services to the Seward plant.

Seward Generation has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Seward Electric Generating Station, a 585 MW (nameplate) (525 MW summer) waste-coal fired facility located in East Wheatfield Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, and certain associated assets from NRG Wholesale Generation LP. Seward Generation is a newly-organized entity controlled by two individuals, Judson L. Kroh and D. Scott Kroh. D. Scott Kroh is a longtime veteran of the Pennsylvania coal industry.

Upon consummation of the Seward transaction, Seward Generation said it intends to sell the Seward Station’s power into the wholesale markets operated by PJM Interconnection.

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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.