Exelon Power retiring four generation units in Pennsylvania

Kennett Square, Pa., December 2, 2009 – Exelon Power notified PJM Interconnection of its intention to permanently retire Units 1 and 2 at Cromby Generating Station and Units 1 and 2 at Eddystone Generating Station, effective May 31, 2011.

Following these retirements, Eddystone Station will remain in service, operating six units capable of generating 820 MW. Cromby Station will close when its units permanently retire.

In the notification to PJM, Exelon Power states that the four units, all in suburban Philadelphia, are no longer economic to operate and are not required to meet shrinking demand for electricity in the region. PJM must review whether the retirement of the units creates reliability issues.

“Decreased power demand, over supply of natural gas and increasing operating costs, has led Exelon Power to retire these units,” said Doyle Beneby, senior vice president of Exelon Power.

Cromby Generating Station is on the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville, Pa. Cromby Unit 1 and Unit 2 were placed in service in 1954 and 1955, respectively. Unit 1 is a 144-MW coal-fired unit and Unit 2 is a 201-MW unit that operates on either natural gas or No. 6 fuel oil. As a result of these retirements, Cromby Station will be shut down.

Eddystone Generating Station is on the Delaware River in Eddystone, Pa., Unit 1 is a 279-MW coal-fired unit and Unit 2 is a 309-MW coal-fired unit, both were placed in service in 1960. Two 380 MW peaking units that run on either natural gas or oil and four oil-burning units that produce a total of 60 megawatts will continue to be available for operation.

Exelon Power will continue to operate 4,200 MW of natural gas, oil, hydro, and landfill generation within the PJM Interconnection.

Exelon Corp. distributes electricity to about 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago.

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