NRG Energy seeks shutdown of two Maryland coal plants

In response to tightening emission regulations in Maryland, NRG Energy is looking to shut down several units in a pair of coal-fired power plants representing more than 1,200 MW in power generation capacity in that state.

NRG officials said operating the power plants is no longer financially possible and added that installing emissions control systems to stay in compliance would be too expensive.

NRG has notified the PJM Interconnection of the plant shutdown plan. The units in question are units No. 1 – 3 at the Dickerson plant (182 MW), as well as unit No. 1 (337 MW) and unit No. 2 (341 MW) at Chalk Pointby. These units first entered service in the late '50s and mid '60s.

NRG Energy has its dual headquarters in New Jersey and Texas.

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