• Benning and Buzzard Point Decommissioning

  • Pepco Energy Services permanently closed its Buzzard Point and Benning power plants in Washington, D.C., in 2012. We have taken proactive steps to reach out to neighbors, customers and other stakeholders in the surrounding communities to inform them about the closings and decommissioning activities.  

    • The Buzzard Point power plant, which occupies less than 10 percent of the total footprint of the Buzzard Point facility property, was constructed in 1968. The plant included 16 combustion turbine generating units that operated during periods of peak electrical demand, using No. 2 fuel oil. Together, the Buzzard Point units provided 256 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the electricity needs of nearly 250,000 homes. Historically, they operated for an average of 20 to 25 days a year to provide power to Pepco's customers.

    • The Benning power plant, which occupies less than 20 percent of the total footprint of the Benning Road facility, was constructed in 1906. Several different generating units using different types of fuel have operated and been retired over the plant's life. Most recently, two steam turbine units operated during periods of peak electricity demand. Together, they provided 550 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the electricity needs of nearly 500,000 homes. Historically, they had operated for an average of about 10 to 15 days a year to provide power to Pepco's customers.  

    As part of the decommissioning process, the fuel oil tanks and associated equipment at Buzzard Point and Benning were dismantled and removed from the site. The entire power plant at Benning is slated for demolition by early 2015.