PJM reports large number of coal plant shutdowns scheduled soon

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With the initial compliance deadline under the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) coming up on April 16, PJM Interconnection has had to clear a lot of coal plant deactivations, with many of them timed around the initial deadline, according to GenerationHub.

A March 12 state of the market report from Monitoring Analytics LLC, the independent market monitor for PJM Interconnection, said that a total of 26,679.8 MW of capacity has been, or is planned to be, retired between 2011 and 2019, with all but 2,140.8 MW planned to be retired by the end of 2015.

The AEP zone accounts for 6,024 MW, or 22.6 percent, of all MW planned for retirement from 2015 through 2019.

As of the end of 2014, 68,108.4 MW of capacity were in generation request queues for construction through 2024, compared to an average installed capacity of 201,689.4 MW. Of the capacity in queues, 8,729.4 MW, or 12.8 percent, are uprates and the rest are new power generation.

Wind power projects account for 15,660 MW of nameplate capacity or 23 percent of the capacity in the queues. Combined-cycle projects account for 41,239.6 MW of capacity or 60.5 percent of the capacity in the queues.

The report noted: "A significant change in the distribution of unit types within the PJM footprint is likely as natural gas fired units continue to be developed and steam units continue to be retired. While only 1,992.5 MW of coal fired steam capacity are currently in the queue, 9,222.8 MW of coal fired steam capacity are slated for deactivation. Most of these retirements, 7,894.8 MW, are scheduled to take place by June 1, 2015, in large part due to the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). In contrast, 43,697.3 MW of gas-fired capacity are in the queue, while only 1,951 MW of natural gas units are planned to retire. The replacement of steam units by units burning natural gas could significantly affect future congestion, the role of firm and interruptible gas supply, and natural gas supply infrastructure."

One table in the study shows 323.0 MW of deactivations still pending for 2014. "This value reflects the pending deactivation of two Dominion units, which were scheduled to retire on December 31, 2014," said the report. "It was determined that these units are required for reliability so their deactivation has been postponed.

Planned deactivations of PJM units, as of the end of 2014, are

·      Yorktown 1-2, Dominion zone, 323 MW, coal steam, projected December 2014 deactivation;

·      Eastlake 1-3, ATSI zone, 327 MW, coal steam, April 15, 2015

·      Lake Shore 18, ATSI, 190 MW, coal steam, April 15, 2015

·      Lake Shore EMD, ATSI, 4 MW, diesel, April 15, 2015

·      Will County, ComEd zone, 251 MW, coal steam, April 15, 2015

·      Dale 1-4, EKPC zone, 195 MW, coal steam, April 16, 2015 (note that EKPC has since delayed deactivation of two of these units for a year due to grid reliability needs)

·      Shawville 1-4, Penelec zone, 603 MW, coal steam, April 16, 2015

·      Gilbert 1-4, JCP&L zone, 98 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, May 1, 2015

·      Glen Gardner 1-8, JCP&L, 160 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, May 1, 2015

·      Kearny 9, PSE&G zone, 21 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, May 1, 2015

·      Werner 1-4, JCP&L, 212 MW, light oil combustion turbine, May 1, 2015

·      Cedar 1-2, AECO zone, 65.6 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, May 31, 2015

·      Essex 12, PSE&G, 184 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, May 31, 2015

·      Middle 1-3, AECO, 74.7 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, May 31, 2015

·      Missouri Ave B, C, D, AECO, 57.9 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, May 31, 2015

·      Ashtabula, ATSI, 210 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Bergen 3, PSE&G, 21 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Big Sandy 2, AEP zone, 800 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Burlington 8, 11, PSE&G, 205 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Clinch River 3, AEP, 230 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Edison 1-3, PSE&G, 504 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Essex 10-11, PSE&G, 352 MW, natural gas combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Glen Lyn 5-6, AEP, 325 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Hutchings 1-3 and 5-6, DAY zone, 271.8 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Kammer 1-3, AEP, 600 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Kanawha River 1-2, AEP, 400 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Mercer 3, PSE&G, 115 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Miami Fort 6, DEOK zone, 163 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Muskingum River 1-5, AEP, 1,355 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      National Park 1, PSE&G, 21 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Picway 5, AEP, 95 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Riverside 4, BGE zone, 74 MW, natural gas steam, June 1, 2015

·      Sewaren 1-4 and 6, PSE&G, 558 MW, kerosene combustion turbine, June 1, 2015

·      Sporn 1-4, AEP, 580 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      Tanners Creek 1-4, AEP, 982 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2015

·      BL England diesels, AECO, 8 MW, diesel, Oct. 1, 2015

·      Burger EMD, ATSI, 6.3 MW, diesel, May 31, 2016

·      McKee 1-2, DPL zone, 34 MW, heavy oil combustion turbine, May 31, 2017

·      AES Beaver Valley, DLCO zone, 124 MW, coal steam, June 1, 2017

·      Chalk Point 1-2, Pepco zone, 667 MW, coal steam, May 31, 2018

·      Dickerson 1-3, Pepco, 537 MW, coal steam, May 31, 2018

·      Bayonne Cogen Plant (CC), PSE&G, 158 MW, natural gas steam, Nov. 1, 2018

·      Oyster Creek, JCP&L, 614.5 MW, nuclear steam, Dec. 31, 2019

Of the 2011-2019 retirements, a total of 20,660 MW, or 77.4 percent, are coal units, with the rest scattered between various types, including gas-fired units at 2,997 MW (11.2 percent).

The deactivations in 2014 include these units in the last quarter of the year:

·      Integrys Energy, Winnebago Landfill, 6.4 MW, landfill gas (LFG), ComEd zone, deactivated November 2014

·      Duke Energy, Walter C Beckjord 5-6, 652 MW, coal, DEOK zone, October 2014

·      Dominion, Chesapeake 1-4, 576 MW, coal, Dominion zone, December 2014

·      Duke Energy, Walter C Beckjord GT1-4, 188 MW, Oil, DEOK, December 2014

·      PSE&G, Kinsley Landfill, 0.9 MW, LFG, PSE&G, December 2014

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