Duke Energy Kentucky reports coal contract details to the state PSC

Miami Fort Unit 6 was retired in May of last year, affecting the data that Duke Energy Kentucky filed on Feb. 19 with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in its latest fuel adjustment case.

For each generation station or unit for which a separate coal pile is maintained, for the period from May-October 2015, the actual amount of coal burned in tons, the actual amount of coal deliveries in tons, the total MWh generated, and the actual capacity factor at which the plant operated were:

  • East Bend, 949,638 tons burned, 945,600 tons of coal received, 2,053,893 net MWH, 77.5% capacity factor; and
  • Miami Fort Unit 6, 28,769 tons burned, 12,796 tons received, 67,697 net MWH, 55.8% capacity factor. This unit was retired effective May 31, a month into the fuel review period.

Duke Energy Kentucky’s total aggregate coal inventory across the system as of Oct. 31, 2015, was 253,750 tons, or 39 days of supply. As of Oct. 31, 2015, total station inventory at East Bend was 253,750 tons, or 39 days. The inventory target for that plant is 40 days. As of Oct. 31, 2015, total station inventory at Miami Fort Unit 6 was zero tons.

For the May-October 2015 period, each vendor from whom coal was purchased and the quantities and the nature of each purchase (e.g., spot or contract) were:

  • Alpha Coal Sales, 63,329 tons, Spot;
  • American Coal, 1,640 tons, Spot;
  • American Coal (Miami Fort Unit 6), 9,682 tons, Spot;
  • Armstrong Coal, 127,171 tons, Contract;
  • Noble Americas Corp., 96,909 tons, Spot;
  • Peabody Coaltrade LLC, 14,351 tons, Spot;
  • River View, 287,672 tons, Contract;
  • River View, 37,846 tons, Contract;
  • River View, 204,714 tons, Contract;
  • Trafigura, 108,864 tons, Contract;
  • White Oak #2, 3,105 tons, Spot; and
  • White Oak Mine #1 (Miami Fort Unit 6) 3,114 tons, Spot.

The report contains descriptions of coal contracts that were in place during the review period, including three with Alliance Coal for coal out of the River View mine in western Kentucky that were all due to expire on Jan. 31 of this year. 

For this review period, there were four personnel changes in the departments or divisions that are responsible for Duke Energy Kentucky’s fuel procurement activities, the report said. Eddie Vinson assumed the position of Coal Origination management for all of Duke Energy‘s regulated businesses. Shawn Shultz assumed Coal Transportation management duties for all of Duke Energy’s regulated businesses. Donnie Peake assumed the Coal Transportation Origination for all of Duke Energy’s regulated businesses. Mike Starkey assumed Coal Origination responsibility for Duke Energy Kentucky and Duke Energy Florida.

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