Pennsylvania DEP to field questions on Moxie Patriot power plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a public meeting on Jan. 3, 2013, in Montgomery, Pa., to discuss the proposed air quality plan approval for construction of a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant to produce 936 MW or less of electricity in Lycoming County.

Staff from DEP’s Air Quality Program will explain the application review process and applicable regulations, and Moxie Patriot LLC officials will review their project with the audience. These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with citizens, the agency said in a Dec. 1 notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Moxie Patriot submitted an application to the department on Jan. 20, 2012, for construction of a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant at a site located in Clinton Township of Lycoming County. The project consists of two power blocks, with each block including a combustion gas turbine and a steam turbine. Each combined-cycle process will also include a heat recovery steam generator and supplemental duct burners and other ancillary sources. The heat input rating of each combustion gas turbine is 2,890 MMBtu/hr (HHV) or less, and the heat input rating of each supplemental duct burner is equal to 387 MMBtu/hr (HHV) or less.

Moxie Patriot’s parent, Moxie Energy LLC, has already won approval from the DEP for an air permit for another 936-MW natural gas power plant being developed by its Moxie Liberty LLC subsidiary. This facility, which could take up to three years to build, will be the first combined-cycle power plant to use at least some locally-extracted natural gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale formation. The plant will be built in Asylum Township, Bradford County, and create 500 construction jobs at its peak, the DEP said on Oct. 10.

The projects are being developed by Vienna, Va.,-based Moxie Energy. Moxie President and Founder Aaron Simpson is a former AES (NYSE: AES) official, as are a number of other top managers.

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