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Power plant retirements offset nearly 90% of U.S. capacity additions in June

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):

U.S. generating capacity expanded by a net 141MW in June, as 1,370MW of new operating capacity was completed and 1,229MW of capacity was permanently retired, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.

A total of 15 generation units entered service, while 11 units were retired. Natural gas accounted for the largest amount of completed capacity, at 42.3%, while coal made up the majority of retired capacity, at 68.6%.

Six new power plant units with a total capacity of 138 MW were announced. Although a single wind project accounted for 57.2% of total announced capacity, planned battery facilities made up the largest number of new units.

The largest single resource brought into service in June was PSEG Power Connecticut LLC’s 576-MW Bridgeport Harbor Station Combined Cycle Project in Fairfield County, Conn. The two-unit gas facility is part of parent company Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.’s strategic plan to upgrade its generation fleet in line with its commitment to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Bridgeport Harbor operates in the ISO New England market.

The next-largest addition was the 478-MW, wind-powered Hale Community Energy facility in Hale County, Texas, owned by Xcel Energy Inc. subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. 

Duke Energy Florida LLC unveiled plans to build three lithium-based battery storage projects. The 11-MW Trenton Battery Facility will be located in Gilchrist County, and the Cape San Blas Battery Facility and Jennings Battery Facility, with 6 MW each, will be in Gulf County and Hamilton County, respectively. All three projects are slated for completion in the end of 2020.

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