JEA to shut oil/gas-fired unit at Northside plant in 2017

Florida municipal utility JEA plans to shut the oil- and gas-fired Unit 3 at its Northside power plant in 2017 and retire it in 2019.

JEA mentioned that fact in its annual Ten Year Site Plan, filed April 1 with the Florida Public Service Commission.

The JEA Electric System includes generating facilities located on four plant sites within the City of Jacksonville: the J. Dillon Kennedy Generating Station, the Northside Generating Station, the Brandy Branch Generating Station and the Greenland Energy Center (GEC). Collectively, these plants consist of:

  • two dual-fired (petroleum coke/coal) Circulating Fluidized Bed steam turbine-generator units (Northside steam Units 1 and 2);
  • one dual-fired (oil/gas) steam turbine-generator unit (Northside steam Unit 3);
  • five dual-fired (gas/diesel) combustion turbine-generator units (Kennedy GT7 and GT8, and Brandy Branch GT1, CT2, and CT3);
  • two natural gas-fired combustion turbine-generator units (GEC GT1 and GT2);
  • four diesel-fired combustion turbine-generator units (Northside GTs 3, 4, 5, and 6); and
  • one combined cycle heat recovery steam generator unit (Brandy Branch steam Unit 4).

Said the plan: “Northside Unit 3 is planned to be placed into reserve storage April 2017 and retired June 2019.” In 2014, JEA had said it planned to put this 524-MW unit into reserve storage as of the end of 2015, so this new scheduoe represents a delay from that prior plan.

JEA is the eighth largest municipally owned electric utility in the United States in terms of number of customers. JEA’s electric service area covers most of Duval County and portions of Clay and St. Johns counties.

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