Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission to build an 800 MW simple-cycle natural gas-fired plant. The Castle Bluff Energy Center would be “used to deliver energy on the hottest summer days, the coldest winter nights and complement the increasing amount of renewable energy generation being added to the grid,” the utility said.

The proposed site for Castle Bluff previously hosted the coal-fired Meramec Energy Center, which Ameren closed in 2022. The utility owns the property and already has existing infrastructure and transmission line access, reducing the construction costs of the project, Ameren said. Pending regulatory approval, construction would begin in 2026, with the plant coming online the following year.

Last October, Ameren released its 2023 Integrated Resource Plan, which included investments in natural gas, renewables and battery storage. One of the highlights of the IRP included building an 800 MW simple-cycle plant. Others included:

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