City of Alexandria and GenOn Agree to Close Potomac River Generating Station
For immediate release: August 30, 2011
The City of Alexandria and GenOn Energy have reached an agreement to permanently close the company's Potomac River Generating Station, which began operating in 1949. To facilitate the retirement of the plant, the City of Alexandria will release approximately $32 million currently held in escrow, which was set aside to pay for the additional environmental controls at the station as a result of a 2008 agreement between the City and GenOn.
"Today announcement is a path forward for both Alexandria and the power company that works for everybody, and truly reflects the interest of both parties," said Alexandria's Mayor William D. Euille. "Both the Alexandria City Council and community have worked extremely hard toward this goal, and we are very proud of the final result. This news strengthens Alexandria's future and opens the door to an enhanced quality of life for our residents."
Under the terms of the agreement, GenOn has agreed to retire the generating station by October 1, 2012, or, if the plant is needed beyond that date for reliability purposes, as soon as it is no longer needed. GenOn will coordinate with PJM Interconnection L.L.C., Pepco, and government regulators for the necessary notifications and approvals to close the plant.
"Retiring the facility next year makes sense for GenOn, but it is a difficult decision given the impact on the approximate 120 employees who work at the station," said Edward R. Muller, Chairman and CEO of GenOn. "Our decision to retire the plant is not reflective of our employees' skills, dedication or capabilities, and we will work to help them in their transition over the next year.
For more information, visit http://alexandriava.gov/GenOn.
Save the Date
River's Edge Salute to the Sun
Get ready for fall, which begins on September 23rd with the Autumnal Equinox. In honor of the Equinox,
Yoga Month, and the Global Mala, we invite you all to join us on Sunday, September 19 for the
annual River's Edge Salute to the Sun. 108 Sun Salutes, a karma class to benefit the work of
Doctors Without Borders in Pakistan and throughout the world
September 19 -- 1:30 - 3:30pm
Pay what you can, suggested donation $20.
We will have a modified schedule at River's Edge over the weekend - the pre/postnatal class will be
held on Saturday at 12pm and the Yoga for Athletes class on Sunday, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Save the Date
Fourth Annual Paws in the Park
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 11am-1 pm
The Old Town North Community Partnership, the North End Business Association, and the City of Alexandria Dept of Parks and Recreation present the 4th Annual Paws in the Park on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 11am-1 pm at Montgomery Park (Corner of North Royal and Montgomery Streets).
Paws in the Park is a fall festival with games, costume parade, Doga, pumpkin and face painting, raffles, prizes and more for kids, dogs, and everyone else. Treats and goodies provided for four and two legged friends! The event will benefit The Fund for the Montgomery Park Dog Park , The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and the Alexandria Police Department k-9 Unit. $15 suggested donation.
Sponsors and friends include: Cetacea Pet Gear, Old Town North Community Partnership, Crowne Plaza / Holiday Inn, Old Town School for Dogs, Yogis for Positive Change, River's Edge Yoga, Alphagraphics, Yogis for Positive Change, and The North End Business Association.
Rain Date: October 18th, 2010.
For more information contact Old Town North Community Partnership. Phone: 703-836-8066 Email: info at oldtownnorth.org
Thanks for making the 6th Annual Taste of Old Town North a huge success!
Town North is a mixed use community of townhouse, condominium,
and apartment projects supported by service and retail businesses, and
beautified by several large parks, pedestrian and bicycle paths and
vistas to the Potomac Riverfront. The community includes the area east
of Washington Street to the river, and north of Oronoco Street to Alexandria’s
Old Town North Community Partnership seeks to encourage the
blend of residential and businesses uses in Old Town North, and make
improvements in the area’s quality of life through a partnership
of residents and businesses working together on common goals.