Natural gas-fired unit mothballed in Texas

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) has mothballed the 400 MW Unit 5 at the Greens Bayou natural gas-fired power plant in Texas.

Reuters reports that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) approved the decision by NRG to shut down the unit. The company announced in July that it wanted to end operations at the largest of the seven units in the 760 MW plant.

The 38-year-old unit had reportedly been mothballed in October 2010 but returned to service during the summer to help maintain power supply in Texas during extreme weather and drought conditions.

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