GenOn secures three-year extension of retirement deadline under environmental law for GenOn's Ormond Beach Generating Station
Clients GenOn Holdings, Inc.
Jones Day represented GenOn Holdings, Inc. before various energy and environmental regulatory authorities in California to secure a three-year extension of a retirement deadline under environmental law for GenOn's Ormond Beach Generating Station. GenOn's facility was previously scheduled to cease operating by the end of 2020 under California's Once Through Cooling ("OTC") Policy; however, an extension was needed to ensure electric grid reliability. To secure the extension until December 31, 2023, Jones Day assisted GenOn with written comments and public hearings before the California Public Utilities Commission, a statewide advisory committee for the OTC Policy, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and a Regional Water Quality Control Board. A key component of the successful legal strategy was securing local government support of the extension for GenOn's facility, which is located in a community identified as environmentally disadvantaged under California's Environmental Justice Program. Jones Day assisted GenOn in negotiations with city representatives to arrive at a mutually agreeable arrangement for demolition and remediation of the site once the facility is no longer needed for electric reliability.