Basin Electric’s 300-MW Deer Creek largest unit brought online in August

Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s 300-MW Deer Creek gas plant in Brookings County, S.D., was the largest power generation facility to enter commercial operation during August, according to a regular report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

August was not, however, a terribly busy month for new generation, according to the Energy Infrastructure Update published by staff at FERC’s Office of Energy Projects. The latest report was posted to the FERC website Sept. 17.

Deer Creek was the only gas unit listed as deployed during the month. The facility features a 170-MW natural gas-fired turbine and a 130-MW turbine powered by waste heat.

The largest renewable project deployed during the month was Riverstone Holding LLC’s 152-MW Spring Valley Wind Phase I in White Pine County, Nev. The electricity generated is sold to NV Energy (NYSE: NVE) under a long-term agreement. The second phase of 140 MW is in development and is expected to be operational by June 2013.

There were also two solar projects listed. Exelon‘s (NYSE: EXC) Mount St. Mary’s University 16-MW Solar Phase II expansion project in Frederick County, Md., is online. The 2-MW Solar Phase I came online in April 2012. Finally, Third Sun Solar’s 4 MW Columbus Zoo Solar in Franklin County, Ohio, is online. The electricity generated is used on site.

On the electric transmission project front, the National Park Service issued its final environmental impact statement on the 500-kV, 147-mile Susquehanna-Roseland project.

The $1bn interstate project from Berwick, Pa., to Roseland, N.J., is a joint project by subsidiaries of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PSEG) and PPL (NYSE: PPL). Pre-construction activities have started and the line is expected to be energized by June 2015.

The FERC staff also reported that, because of a slow economy and reduced demand, the PJM board has decided to officially cancel both the 765 kV, 250-mile Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) project as well as the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) project. PATH would have crossed parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, while MAPP would have crossed parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

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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.