NRG adds an extra two years to life of Will County 4 coal unit in Illinois

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) is seeking two extra years of life for the coal-fired, 510-MW Unit 4 at its Will County power plant in Illinois, said an updated list of pending deactivation requests issued by PJM Interconnection.

The list shows the original deactivation request for this unit, filed in December 2015, called for it to be deactivated as of May 31, 2018.

Said the revised list: “On 6/3/2016 an updated deactivation notice was provided changing the deactivation date to 5/31/2020. New Reliability analysis complete. Impacts identified. Upgrades expected to be completed by May 2020. Unit expected to deactivate as scheduled.”

PJM had already reported that NRG Energy’s Will County Unit 3 (251 MW) was deactivated in April 2015. That, added to the earlier retirements of Units 1 and 2, leaves Unit 4 as the only still-operating coal unit at the plant. 

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