Talen Energy considers relocating Harquahala power plant

Talen Energy is looking at possibly selling the 1,100 MW Harquahala combined-cycle gas plant in Arizona–or moving all or part of the generating equipment from its current location to either the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast markets.

The issue was touched upon by Talen President and CEO Paul Farr and other company officials during a May 10 quarterly earnings conference call with Wall Street analysts.

The moves are being considered largely because the power plant, which Talen purchased from MACH Gen, is underused at its current location in Maricopa County, Arizona, company officials have indicated.

GenerationHub data indicates that Harquahala had a capacity factor of only 11.3 percent in 2014.

Relocation of all-or-part of the generating capacity back East would require a significant capital expenditure, company officials noted during the call.

“Since we acquired the plant from MACH Gen, we have been exploring options to optimize its value, including selling it to a load-serving entity in the Southwest, entering into a PPA with a load-serving entity in the Southwest, or moving it to the East,” the spokesperson said.

“It will come down to which option creates the greatest value for stockholders in the long run,” the spokesperson told GenerationHub.

Harquahala is a three-unit gas plant that became operational in 2004.

New Harquahala Generating Co., is a unit of Talen Energy Supply that owns generating operations in Arizona.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 22 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants.

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