Selkirk power plant owners got OK to mothball plant
The owner of a 400-megawatt power plant in Selkirk that produces steam for the SABIC plastics plant says that while it has received permission from regulators to shut down or “mothball” the facility, there are no current plans to do so.
A spokesman for ownership group that operates the plant said Thursday that the final decision to shut down the plant was not made.
“We were looking at strategic alternatives,” the spokesman said. “We filed a mothball notice, but that plant is staying open.”
Back in February, the NYISO, the North Greenbush entity that oversees the state’s high-voltage electric grid, posted a notice that said that Selkirk proposed to “deactivate” the generator at the plant by May 18, 2018.
Selkirk Cogen Partners filed a notice with the state Public Service Commission back in October indicating that it wanted to mothball the plant.
In a required study, the NYISO found that closing the facility would not impact the reliability of the electric grid in the region.