Three Northern California Gas Plants Targeted for Closure Receive Must-Run Status

By Editors of Power Engineering

Reversing a shutdown decision by the California Public Utilities Commission, FERC has granted must-run status to three Northern California gas-fired plants, RTO Insider reported.

The affected plants include the 564-MW Metcalf Energy Center, the 47-MW Feather River Energy Center and the 47-MW Yuba City Energy Center, all operated by Calpine. The latter two plants are run as peaking facilities.

RTO said the must-run contracts are not popular with many CAISO stakeholders as well as the California Public Utilities Commission, which had voted to require Pacific Gas and Electric to replace their capacity with energy storage.

The settlement lowers annual revenue for Metcalf from $72 million to $43 million through 2020, with Feather River and Yuba City receiving $3.5 million each, down from $4.4 million.