Stockton CoGen coal plant to be retired

Stockton CoGen Co., a 60 MW coal-fired power plant that has been operational in Stockton, Calif. since 1988, will be retired in a couple weeks.

Stockton CoGen’s parent company, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., has announced plans to eventually convert the plant to burn biomass and reopen as a renewable-energy source at some point.

In the meantime, however, Stockton CoGen’s power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is set to expire, and there is no new agreement in place. Stockton CoGen employs about 30 people directly and 15 contract workers.

Another coal-fired power plant, the former POSDEF facility at the Port of Stockton, is in the process of being converted to burn biomass by DTE Energy.

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