PJM, Penelec work out interconnect for Moxie Liberty gas plant

PJM Interconnection filed on May 23 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) between it, Moxie Liberty LLC and transmission owner Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec).

PJM requested an effective date of April 23, 2013, for the Moxie Liberty ISA, designated as Original Service Agreement Nos. 3559. PJM is submitted the Moxie Liberty ISA for filing because it contains a non-standard terms and conditions in Schedule C to accommodate the interconnection.

The Moxie Liberty ISA facilitates the interconnection at the East Towanda Substation of the gas-fired, 850-MW Liberty/Asylum Township Plant located in Towanda, Bradford County, Pa. Under the Moxie Liberty ISA, the project company gets 765 MW of Capacity Interconnection Rights (CIRs) in accordance with Part VI of the PJM Tariff. There is a Network Upgrades Charge of $11.5m associated with this ISA.

The non-standard terms in Schedule C provide that Moxie Liberty will: consult with Penelec regarding revenue quality metering design and will provide certain relevant information to Penelec; provide and install certain specific equipment agreed to by Penelec; and provide prior notification to Penelec of any modifications of the customer facility that will affect the revenue meter measurements.

This planned power plant will consist of two 1×1 Siemens Model SCC6-8000H single shaft combined cycle turbine-generator sets with related natural gas-fired boiler, heat recovery steam generation system, and transformation equipment.

Said the Moxie Energy website about this project: “Moxie Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Moxie Liberty LLC, is proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania to take advantage of the abundant natural gas resources in the area and the skilled workforce that has developed around the domestic natural gas production. The power plant will be fueled only by natural gas (no diesel oil back-up), and will not require river water or any other large source of water typically used for cooling needs. It will consist of two combustion turbine generators that will each produce between 225 and 350 megawatts of electricity. The combustion turbines will be connected to two heat recovery steam generators where the hot exhaust gases from the combustion turbines will produce steam that will be directed to two steam turbines. The steam turbines will produce an additional 250 MW to 300 MW of electricity.”

Once completed in mid 2015, this over $800m project will provide a significant and steady tax base to the area, 25 to 35 high paying technical and operations jobs, and an ongoing source of community programs, said the website.

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