NRG Energy Inc., the company that owns the Dunkirk power plant, has reached a new agreement with National Grid for two years.
Beginning June 1, NRG will begin operating one unit of the facility - a decrease from the current two - through May 31, 2015. David Gaier, NRG spokesman, said the contract is a good deal since it keeps the Dunkirk plant in operation though employment levels will decrease from 82 to 68. However, only a few positions will be impacted because of transfers, attrition, and existing vacancies that will be eliminated.
The contract needs approval of the state Public Service Commission.
Currently, NRG is running two units, each of which can generate about 100 megawatts of power from the Dunkirk plant. The company will begin mothballing unit one in June.
Gaier also said the company is continuing its push for a conversion from coal to a natural gas combined-cycle plant.
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