Seward Generation seeks wholesale generator status for Pa. coal plant

Seward Generation LLC, the new owner of a 585-MW coal plant in Pennsylvania, on Feb. 2 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

The company is backed by coal operator D. Scott Kroh, who has a company, Robindale Energy Services, that has been the longtime supplier of waste coal to this fluidized-bed combustion plant.

On Jan. 14, FERC approved an application from NRG Wholesale Generation LP and Seward Generation for Seward Generation’s purchase of this plant. NRG Wholesale is an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) that owns and operates a this waste coal-fired facility located in New Florence, Pennsylvania, and interconnected with the transmission grid controlled by PJM Interconnection. NRG Wholesale is part of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG). Incidentally, the plant has a 585-MW nameplate rating and a 525-MW summer rating.

On Jan. 12, FERC approved a December application from Seward Generation 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 announced Dec. 1, 2015, that it has agreed to sell the Seward plant to Seward Generation, with the deal to close in the first quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approvals.

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