GenConn 200 MW natural gas peaking plant now operational in Connecticut

New Haven, Conn., June 28, 2011 GenConn Energy, a joint venture between NRG Energy, Inc. and The United Illuminating Co., a unit of UIL Holdings Corp., announced that its 200 MW peaking power plant at NRG’s Middletown Station is operational and participating in the ISO-NE markets.

The new units will provide power to Connecticut homes and businesses during periods of peak demand such as extreme weather conditions.

“The Middletown power plant is especially important to residents in Connecticut, where there’s been a shortage of ‘fast-start’ units to respond to unexpected transmission and generation outages,” said Drew Murphy, President of NRG‘s Northeast Region. “Middletown will help ensure a more flexible supply of power, and the additional capacity in this region should help moderate electricity prices when demand is high.”

Middletown’s four new natural gas turbines can be fully operational within ten minutes. The site also includes NRG’s existing four units.

In addition to Middletown, GenConn owns and operates an almost identical plant in Milford, Connecticut. Both facilities will provide cleaner, reliable energy that help support Connecticut’s goal to meet the national ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone.

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