Natural gas to coal generation plans scrapped by NRG

By Dorothy Davis 

Louisiana Generating, a subsidiary of NRG Energy has scrapped plans to convert its 230 MW Big Cajun I natural gas-fired power plant to coal generation. Louisiana Generating (LG), a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) has scrapped plans to convert a natural gas-fired power plant to coal generation, reports The Advocate.

Citing low and stable natural gas prices, Dave Knox, a spokesman for NRG disclosed the permit for the planned conversion at the 230-megawatt (MW) gas-fired Big Cajun I power plant in New Roads was allowed to lapse.

“With the price of natural gas falling to what it has, the economics just weren’t there for making a conversion,” Knox was quoted. “So we just let the permit expire.” 

The Advocate article also outlined that while the plant had received state level approval it had not received federal consent for the conversion.

Currently, the three unit 1,871 MW Big Cajun II plant is the company’s only coal-fired power station in Louisiana.

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