New owner: Brunner Island power plant to burn natural gas

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 11, 2015 11:32 AM

FILE PHOTO: PPL's Brunner Island is a three-unit, coal-fired plant located on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in York Haven.

(East Mancherster) -- New owner Talen Energy says its Brunner Island power plant in York County will be burning natural gas in addition to coal. 

The Allentown-based company plans to spend $100 million to equip the plant in York Haven to power its three generators by natural gas.

The generators produce enough electricity to power about one million homes. 

Talen spokesman Todd Martin says the plant will continue to burn coal, but adds he can't say how often gas will also be used or how much of the plant's capacity will be fueled by gas or coal once the change is made. 

The state Department of Environmental Protection must approve air quality and other permits before natural gas is added to the 54-year-old plant by the company's spring 2017 target.  

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