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Louisiana Generating Continues Reducing Emissions at Big Cajun II Generating Station



  Louisiana Generating Continues Reducing Emissions at Big Cajun II Generating
  Station

     — Cleaner plant with one unit converted from coal to natural gas and
            additional emissions controls equipment on all units —

Business Wire

NEW ROADS, La. -- November 20, 2012

Louisiana Generating, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:
NRG), will continue emissions reductions at the Big Cajun II Electrical
Generating Station while providing affordable power to cooperative customers
in Louisiana.

After buying Big Cajun II, Louisiana Generating upgraded the burners and fuel
that reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO[2]) emissions by a
third. These additional changes and upgrades announced today will further that
progress. Work will be done during regularly scheduled outages and completed
by April 2015.

“We are very proud of the work we have done to reduce emissions at Big Cajun
II over the decade we have owned the plant,” said Jennifer Vosburg, President
of Louisiana Generating. “We are equally proud of the work we will do over the
next three years to make Big Cajun II even cleaner.”

To meet EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requirements, Louisiana
Generating will convert one of the three units at the plant from coal to
natural gas, eliminating virtually all mercury and particulate matter from the
unit’s emissions. Louisiana Generating will also install activated carbon
injection on another unit and upgrade the electrostatic precipitators. MATS
goes into effect in April of 2015.

“This conversion will allow us to meet new EPA regulations as we see greater
diversity and flexibility in our ability to meet the power needs of our
customers on the hottest and coldest days,” said Vosburg. “All plants across
the nation will have to meet these new EPA requirements and through this
natural gas conversion, we have selected the route that ensures our co-op
customers will benefit from cleaner and more diverse power as they continue to
enjoy electricity costs that are among the lowest in Louisiana.”

Separate from the new regulation, Louisiana Generating has also settled
decade-old charges by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana
Department of Environmental Quality for work done by the previous owner of the
Big Cajun II Electric Generating Station. With this agreement, Louisiana
Generating will:

  * Install Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) control equipment to
    reduce nitrogen oxide on all three units.
  * Install Dry Sorbent Injection equipment on Unit 1 to reduce sulfur
    dioxide.

The capital cost of making the plant modifications and achieving the emission
improvements are within the total environmental capital costs previously
disclosed publicly by NRG.

“This agreement provides greater strength for Big Cajun II through additional
controls that will allow the plant to comply with environmental regulations
both now and in the future,” said Vosburg. “In addition, the mitigation
projects covered by the agreement will provide an opportunity to give back to
our community as it showcases NRG Energy's alternative energy solutions such
as solar and electrical vehicles in Louisiana. This is a win-win-win situation
– a win for the environment, a win for our customers and a win for our
community.”

About Louisiana Generating and NRG Energy

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiaries Louisiana
Generating LLC and NRG Power Marketing LLC, manages a diverse portfolio of
load and generation along the Gulf Coast. Louisiana Generating LLC serves the
full requirements needs for 10 Louisiana electric cooperatives with a peak
demand of over 2,300 MW. The total generation portfolio exceeds 3,600 MW, and
includes a diverse mix of coal and gas-fired generation in Louisiana and East
Texas.

A Fortune 300 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter
energy choices for our customers: whether as one of the largest solar power
developers in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric
vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy
solutions to better manage their energy use. Our diverse power generating
facilities can support over 20 million homes and our retail electricity
providers—Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus—serve more
than two million customers. More information is available at nrgenergy.com.
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This news release contains forward-looking statements of NRG Energy, Inc.
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements
are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include
expectations regarding its subsidiary, Louisiana Generating, and certain power
supply contracts. These forward-looking statements typically can be identified
by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,”
“forecast,” “plan,” “believe” and similar terms. Although NRG believes that
its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these
expectations will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary
materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those contemplated above include, among others, general economic conditions,
hazards customary in the power industry, the volatility of energy and fuel
prices, failure of customers to perform under contracts, changes in government
regulation of markets and of environmental emissions, the condition of capital
markets generally, and weather conditions.

NRG undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise. The foregoing review of factors that could cause NRG’s actual
results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking
statements included in this news release should be considered in connection
with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect NRG’s
future results included in NRG’s filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission at www.sec.gov.

Contact:

NRG Energy, Inc.
Media:
David Knox, 713-537-2130
or
David Gaier, 609-524-4529
or
Lori Neuman, 609-524-4525
or
Investors:
Chad Plotkin, 609-524-4526
or
Stefan Kimball, 609-524-4527
or
Lori Stagliano, 609-524-4528
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