PJM gets several requests for coal, nuclear deactivations

PJM Interconnection said in a July 25 update of its pending deactivation list that it got several requests in July for deactivations of major generating units, including four units at FirstEnergy‘s (NYSE: FE) W.H. Sammis coal plant in Ohio.

The Sammis requests were for:

  • W H Sammis Unit 1, 160 MW, ATSI zone, July 22 request for May 31, 2020 deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.
  • W H Sammis Unit 2, 160 MW, ATSI, July 22 request for May 31, 2020, deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.
  • W H Sammis Unit 3, 176 MW, ATSI, July 22 request for May 31, 2020, deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.
  • W H Sammis Unit 4, 172.6 MW, ATSI, July 22 request for May 31, 2020, deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.

Another July 22 deactivation request came from FirstEnergy for Bay Shore Unit 1 in Ohio, which is 136 MW in size, in the ATSI zone, due for an Oct. 1, 2020, deactivation, with a reliability analysis underway.

Other July requests were for:

  • Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1, 937 MW, ComEd zone, July 6 request for June 1, 2018, deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.
  • Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2, 927.5 MW, ComEd zone, July 6 request for June 1, 2018, deactivation, Reliability analysis underway.

FirstEnergy announced July 22 that it and its FirstEnergy Solutions subsidiary will shut down or sell certain coal-fired capacity at two of its Ohio plants in response to challenging market conditions. Altogether, FirstEnergy said it is retiring 856 MW of coal-fired capacity, which accounted for 4% of FirstEnergy’s electric generation during 2015. The company said it plans to sell or deactivate Bay Shore Unit 1 in Oregon, Ohio, by October 2020. In addition, Units 1-4 of the company’s seven-unit W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton, Ohio – collectively representing 720 MW of capacity – will be retired in May 2020. Sammis Units 5-7 will continue to provide 1,490 MW of reliable baseload generation.

FirstEnergy and British Petroleum collaborated on a project to install a fluidized-bed combustion boiler at Bay Shore Unit 1, the largest of its kind in the world when it came online in 2000. The boiler is fueled by petroleum coke, a byproduct of the refining process, and Bay Shore provides steam to the refinery. Bay Shore will be deactivated when this agreement with the refinery ends if a buyer for Unit 1 is not identified. Bay Shore Units 2-4 were deactivated in 2012 based on the impact of environmental rules.

Exelon Generation had announced July 7 that it formally notified PJM of its plans to retire the Quad Cities Generating Station on June 1, 2018. This was the latest of several procedural notifications Exelon is required to make prior to retiring the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear stations in Illinois. The stations have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years, despite being two of Exelon’s best-performing plants. Clinton operates in the Midcontinent ISO market.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.