Coal, O&M

Monticello coal-fired units to be mothballed from winter to summer

Luminant’s 1,200 MW Monticello coal-fired power plant in Texas is not needed for the power grid this winter and spring, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Luminant said the planned shut down of units 1 and 2 at the plant from December until the summer was a business decision driven by lower wholesale electricity prices in Texas.

Energy Future Holdings, the parent company of Luminant, told regulators it would have to close down 1,300 MW of coal-fired capacity, including the Monticello plant, if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved ahead with its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). However, a federal appeals court granted a stay to the rule in January 2012, which delayed the January 1 implementation date for CSAPR. Luminant said it would continue to operate the Monticello units after the stay was granted.

Luminant then said in August it would mothball the units for six or seven months due to the low wholesale prices, according to the article.

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