Unplanned outages reported at three California natural gas units

Data reported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) indicated that more than 1,700 MW of California electric generation fueled by natural gas experienced unplanned outages on Feb. 8.

DOE’s data on energy infrastructure indicated that both Unit 1 and Unit 2 of the Ormond Beach power plant in Ventura County went offline. The two units together have a generating capacity of more than 1,500 MW. The units, which went online in the 1970s, are operated by an affiliate of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG).

The agencies also reported that the Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) 510-MW Moss Landing Unit 2 “entered an unplanned curtailment of 260 MW.” Moss Landing is located in Monterey County. The station has multiple units that together have a generating capacity of about 2,800 MW, according to GenerationHub data.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.