The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice in the Sept. 27 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it plans to issue an air permit change allowing gas firing at PPL Corp.'s (NYSE: PPL) Brunner Island coal-fired plant.
The permit approval, to be issued to PPL Brunner Island LLC, allows “for the addition of natural gas as a fuel firing option for the three existing utility boilers (Source IDs 031A, 032 and 033A) and their associated coal mill heaters that will involve the tying in of a natural gas pipeline (Source ID 301), as well as the construction of two natural gas-fired pipeline heaters (Source ID 050) at the Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in East Manchester Township, York County,” said the brief notice. “The maximum expected increases in facility emissions as a result of the changes proposed are: 39.90 TPY VOC, 22.57 TPY CO, and 0.01 TPY lead.”
The 1,437-MW Brunner Island plant is one of the facilities that PPL plans to contribute to a new company, Talen Energy. PPL and Riverstone Holdings LLC announced in June a definitive agreement to combine their merchant power generation businesses into Talen Energy, a new stand-alone, publicly listed company.