AEP’s Dresden gas plant, many wind units deployed in February

American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) 580-MW Dresden combined-cycle natural gas plant was one of the largest power generation units to come online nationally during February, according to a FERC staff report.

The project, located near Dresden, Ohio, will supply electricity to AEP’s Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee, according to the Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

AEP bought the partly-completed plant from a Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) subsidiary in 2007 for about $85m, the company has said in a news release.

There were also a number of wind projects that entered commercial service during February with one of the largest being OG&E’s (NYSE: OGE) 227-MW Crossroads wind facility in northwestern Oklahoma. An Oklahoma Gas & Electric press release said that the $451m project was a partnership with RES Americas.

In addition, a Puget Energy subsidiary achieved full commercial operation of the 343-MW Lower Snake River wind project in Garfield County, Wash. The first 216 MW came online in December 2011 and an additional 127 MW started operation in February 2012, FERC staff reported. In a news release, Puget Sound Energy called Lower Snake River the largest wind station in the state of Washington.

NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) brought online a couple of major wind farms during February, FERC reported. They included the 99-MW Perrin Ranch project in Coconino County, Ariz. It will provide power to Arizona Public Service (APS), which is a Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE: PNW) company. In addition, NextEra deployed the new 78-MW Montezuma II wind project in Solano County, Calif. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

There were a number of other smaller wind and solar projects that entered operation during February, FERC reported.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.