NRG Converts Four Coal Plants to Gas

By Editors of Power Engineering

NRG Energy announced the company has completed coal-to-gas conversions at four of its power plants.

NRG officials said the conversions were undertaken in order to meet customer needs while complying with environmental regulations and supporting NRG’s overall decarbonization efforts.

The converted facilities include:

·      The Big Cajun II Generating Station in New Roads, La., 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. One 540 MW unit was converted.

·      The Joliet Generating Station, 50 miles southwest of Chicago. All three units converted for a total of 1,326 MW.

·      The Shawville Generating Station, 40 miles northwest of State College, PA. All four units are currently in final commissioning following modification for a total of 590 MW.

·      The New Castle Generating Station, 55 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. All three units have been modified for a total of 325 MW.

Combined, the four conversions are expected to cut emissions by over 80 percent.

“We’ve made outstanding progress across our generation portfolio to support our optimization strategy,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO of NRG. “Driven by the economics of power generation, we modified units at four plants to switch from burning coal to natural gas, significantly reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions, while maintaining reliability in the system.

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