PJM gets request to deactivate 92-MW plant in Virginia in May 2017

PJM Interconnection said in its list of pending power plant deactivations, updated to May 27, that is has gotten a request to deactivate as of May 31, 2017, the 92-MW Hopewell James River Cogeneration Plant.

The request was filed on April 26 and PJM has found no impacts from the shutdown under a grid reliability analysis. The PJM list, which doesn’t give the name of the power plant owner, says the plant is 28 years old and is located in the “DOM” zone, which is the zone covered by the Virginia Electric and Power unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).

This is apparently the James River Genco plant of Cogentrix, which says about the plant on its website: “The James River Genco, LLC facility is an upgraded version of the plant originally developed and constructed by Cogentrix in 1987. The plant is a nominal 110 MW coal-fired cogeneration facility located in Hopewell, Virginia. As it has since it was placed into commercial service in 1987, Hopewell continues to provide steam to Honeywell International Inc. for their process needs under a long term purchase contract. … Steam generated in the boilers is used within the turbine-generators to produce electricity which is delivered to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), while that needed by Honeywell to support its manufacturing process is extracted and piped to the Honeywell plant.”

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