ReEnergy Chateaugay LLC retires New York facility on May 31

ReEnergy Chateaugay LLC sent a brief May 31 notice to the New York ISO about the official retirement of an idled generating facility.

“This letter serves to provide notice that ReEnergy Chateaugay LLC hereby transitions the generator NEG NORTH_KES_CHATEGAY (PTID 23792) from its current mothball state to a retired state effective May 31, 2016,” said the notice, signed by William H. Ralston, the company’s Chief Risk Officer.

ReEnergy Chateaugay, the owner and operator of the idled ReEnergy Chateaugay Biomass-to-Energy facility located at Chateaugay, N.Y., said in a June 2013 filing with the New York State Public Service Commission that it planned to mothball the 19-MW (net) facility. “ReEnergy hereby provides this written notice that it intends to mothball the Facility as of the date of this letter, subject to the Commission approving this change in status for the Facility,” the filing said.

The facility opened in 1993 and ReEnergy’s parent company, ReEnergy Holdings LLC, acquired the ownership interests from Boralex Industries in December 2011. The facility had been in a forced outage since September 2012, and current power prices and market conditions in New York are such that it is not economical for ReEnergy to bring it back into service, said the June 2013 letter.

“Given the relatively small size and remote location of the Facility, as well as the fact that it has not been operated since September 2012, ReEnergy expects that this change in the Facility’s status would not create any reliability issues or have any other adverse impact on the operability of the NYISO grid, and therefore ReEnergy requests that the Commission waive the minimum notice requirement for the mothballing of the Facility,” the company added in the June 2013 letter.

This facility appears in the April 2016 edition (page 70) of the New York ISO’s annual Gold Book as a mothballed operation. That list of deactivated units with unexpired Capacity Resource Interconnection Service (CRIS) rights is:

  • Erie Blvd. Hydro-Seneca Oswego, Seneca Oswego Fulton 1, status change August 2013, CRIS of 0.7 MW, mothballed;
  • Erie Blvd. Hydro-Seneca Oswego, Seneca Oswego Fulton 2, status change August 2013, CRIS of 0.3 MW, mothballed;
  • Long Island Power Authority, Montauk Units #2, #3, #4, status change May 2013, CRIS of 6 MW, retired;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Dunkirk 1, status change June 2013, CRIS of 96.2 MW, mothballed;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Dunkirk 3, status change September 2012, CRIS of 201.4 MW, mothballed;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Dunkirk 4, status change September 2012, CRIS of 199.1 MW, mothballed;
  • ReEnergy Chateaugay LLC, Chateaugay Power, status change September 2013, CRIS of 18.6 MW, mothballed;
  • Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., Station 9, status change March 2014, CRIS of 15.8 MW, retired;
  • Syracuse Energy Corp., Syracuse Energy ST1, status change September 2013, CRIS of 11 MW, retired;
  • Syracuse Energy Corp., Syracuse Energy ST2, status change September 2013, CRIS of 58.9 MW, retired;
  • TC Ravenswood LLC, Ravenswood 07, status change March 2014, CRIS of 16.5 MW, mothballed; and
  • TC Ravenswood LLC, Ravenswood 3-3, status change October 2014, CRIS of 37.7 MW, mothballed.

The Gold Book also refers to these deactivated units that are listed in an existing capacity table in the report:

  • Erie Blvd. Hydro-North Salmon, Hogansburg, status change 3/13/2015, CRIS of 0.3 MW, retired;
  • Niagara Generation LLC, Niagara Bio-Gen, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 50.5 MW, ICAP Ineligible Forced Outage;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Astoria GT 05, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 16 MW, ICAP Ineligible Forced Outage;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Astoria GT 07, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 15.5 MW, ICAP Ineligible Forced Outage;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Astoria GT 12, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 22.7 MW, ICAP Ineligible Forced Outage;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Astoria GT 13, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 24.0 MW, ICAP Ineligible Forced Outage;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Dunkirk 2, status change 1/1/2016, CRIS of 97.2 MW, mothballed;
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Huntley 67, status change 3/1/2016, CRIS of 196.5 MW, retired; and
  • NRG Power Marketing LLC, Huntley 68, status change 3/1/2016, CRIS of 198 MW, retired.

Said the Gold Book: “Since the publication of the 2015 Gold Book in April 2015, there has been a reduction of 601 megawatts (MW) of summer capacity that has been deactivated, retired or otherwise removed from operation. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 512 MW of summer capacity due to ratings changes. This resulted in a net reduction in summer capacity of 89 MW.”

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