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Dynegy Starts Up 800 MW Plant in NC

Dynegy Starts Up 800 MW Plant in NC

Dynegy Inc. has started full-scale operations at the Rockingham Power Plant, a simple-cycle generating facility in Rockingham County, NC. The 800 MW plant, developed in just 12 months, is the third generation facility Dynegy has put on line this summer.

The plant brings to 1,055 the total megawatts added. It is the largest facility developed by Dynegy under its planned generation development program.

The Rockingham plant currently is supplying Duke Power, a division of Duke Energy Corp., with 600 MW of capacity. Under the terms of a power purchase agreement signed by Dynegy and Duke Power in September 1998, Duke Power will purchase 600 MW for three-and-a-half years beginning this month. Dynegy Marketing and Trade is marketing the remaining 200 MW capacity in the wholesale electricity market to investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities throughout the Southeast and other regions of the country.

"As one of the first new generation projects completed in the state of North Carolina, this facility will enhance electric service reliability in a region experiencing rapid growth," said Steve Bergstrom, Dynegy president.

The Rockingham Power Plant is located on a 69-acre site near Bethany, NC. It consists of five dual fuel-fired combustion turbines. Natural gas to fuel the facility is delivered through a pipeline interconnect with Williams. Dynegy signed a long-term natural gas interconnection agreement with Williams in July 1999 to provide capacity for up to 222 MMcf/d. Transmission access for power transactions is delivered via a 230 kV Duke Energy transmission line interconnect near the plant.

Dynegy's other additions include the recently completed an expansion at its Rocky Road Power Plant near Chicago. The installation of an additional 100 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbine in less than 11 months increased the facility's generating capacity to a nominal 350 MW. Dynegy began operations at the Calcasieu Generation Project, a 155 MW natural gas-fired peaking facility near Lake Charles, La., on May 31, 2000. The company has projects underway to add another 1,200 MW next summer.

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