NRG’s Shawville plant back up after coal-to-gas conversions

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) on Nov. 15 reactivated Units 1-4 at its Shawville power plant in Pennsylvania.

PJM Interconnection on Dec. 1 issued an updated list of power units with withdrawn deactivation requests. On that list were Shawville Units 1-4, with the list showing that all four units had been deactivated in June 2015 and reactivated on Nov. 15 of this year. The Shawville unit sizes as listed by PJM are: Unit 1 (122 MW)); Unit 2 (125 MW); Unit 3 (175 MW); and Unit 4 (175 MW).

The list doesn’t actually identify plant operators, but in the case of Shawville it would be NRG. NRG has lately been converting several coal-fired plants to burn natural gas, including this one. In its Nov. 4 quarterly financial presentation to shareholders, NRG said that Shawville Units 1-4, with a combined capacity of 597 MW, were due for a commercial operation start on gas in the fourth quarter of this year.

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