PJM fields request from PSEG to push back shutdown of four Sewaren units

PJM Interconnection posted to its website on Jan. 13 an updated list that shows that PSEG Power has pushed back by a few months the planned deactivation dates for Sewaren Units 1-4.

Said the list in an identical notation for each of the four units: “PSEG re-use of Capacity Rights for a new generation project. On 1/12/2016 an updated deactivation notice was provided changing the deactivation date to 6/1/2018.”

PSEG originally in April 2015 asked for a Nov. 1, 2017, deactivation date for each of the four units. The capacities of each unit are: Unit 1 (103 MW); Unit 2 (118 MW); Unit 3 (106 MW); and Unit 4 (124 MW).

PSEG Power announced in August 2015 that Sewaren Unit 7, a new 540-MW, dual-fuel combined-cycle power plant, has cleared PJM’s Reliability Pricing Model Base Residual Auction. PSEG Power will work to secure permits and expects to begin construction on the plant in early 2016. The plant, which represents an investment of more than $600 million, is targeted to be completed and supplying needed energy to New Jersey and the region in time for summer of 2018.

Sewaren 7 will be constructed at PSEG Power’s existing Sewaren Generating Station site in Woodbridge, New Jersey, replacing Sewaren Units 1, 2, 3 and 4, which will be retired after almost 70 years of operation. In repowering an existing generating site, PSEG Power noted that it will be able to take advantage of existing infrastructure. The new unit will run primarily on natural gas, but also will be able to run on ultra-low-sulfur distillate fuel oil as a back-up.

PSEG Power is an independent power producer that owns a generating portfolio of more than 11,700 MW. PSEG Power is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE: PEG), a diversified energy company.

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