NRG Energy updates progress on power generation projects

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) has several new natural gas peaking power projects that are scheduled to come online between now and 2020.

In addition, the company is also making much headway on converting several coal-fired and other fossil projects to natural gas, according to materials that NRG distributed along with its quarterly earnings report on Feb. 29.

  • The company expects to commission the 360-MW Cleo Lindo (formerly Robinson) peaker project in the third quarter of this year. The project is located in Texas.
  • The 527-MW Carlsbad Peaking project is projected to come online in the first quarter of 2018. The project is located in California.
  • The 333-MW Canal peaker project in Massachusetts is expected to come online in the second quarter of 2019.
  • The 262-MW Puente peaker project in California should be finished in 2Q 2020.

On the fuel conversion front, NRG has completed the 540-MW Big Cajun II Unit 2 project in Louisiana. In addition, it has made headway on several other conversion projects.

  • The 325-MW New Castle (three units) natural gas conversion project in Pennsylvania should be finished in 2Q 2016.
  • The 1,325-MW Joliet natural gas conversion project (Units 6-8) in Illinois should be done in 2Q 2016.
  • The Shawville (Units 1-4) 597-MW natural gas conversion project should be completed in 3Q 2016.

Finally, environmental equipment additions should be completed in 2Q 2016 for the Avon Lake Unit 9 facility in Ohio. Environmental work should also be finished in 3Q of this year at Powerton Units 5 and 6 in Illinois.

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