June 2018 deactivation eyed for the coal-fired Crane Units 1-2 in Maryland

PJM Interconnection said in a Nov. 18 update of its pending power plant deactivation list that it got Nov. 17 requests for the shutdown as of June 1, 2018, of Crane Units 1 and 2.

As per normal practice, PJM didn’t name the power plant owner. The affected units are:

  • Crane Unit 1, 190 MW, 55 years old, reliability analysis on grid impacts of the shutdown underway;
  • Crane Unit 2, 195 MW, 54 years old, reliability analysis underway; and
  • Crane GT1, 14 MW, 50 years old, deactivation as of Nov, 18, 2018, reliability analysis underway.

Without offering a specific reason, C.P. Crane LLC on July 28 sent a brief letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission asking it to drop a review of a June 24 application for approval to fire gas at Crane Unit 2. Said the July 28 letter: “For reasons not anticipated at the time of filing of the application, Crane no longer expects to proceed with the project for which a CPCN was sought.”

C.P. Crane is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avenue Capital Group. The Crane plant is operated by PurEnergy Operating Services LLC.

The Crane plant includes two coal-fired units, which are the main generating units at the facility: Unit 1 and Unit 2. Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 are coal-fired. Under the withdrawn application, Crane was proposing to modify Unit 2 to enable it to use natural gas, whether by itself or in combination with coal. The only other unit at the plant is GT1.

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