PJM terminates interconnect deal for waste coal project in Pa.

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official in a May 17 letter to PJM Interconnection accepted PJM’s notice that an Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) for a coal-fired project had been terminated.

PJM notified FERC of the cancellation of the ISA entered into among PJM, Wellington Development-WDVT LLC and West Penn Power d/b/a Allegheny Power. “The Wellington ISA is being cancelled because Wellington informed PJM that it was no longer pursuing its project and it asked to be withdrawn from the interconnection queue,” said the PJM filing.

While the PJM filing doesn’t mention anything about the details of the Wellington project, this had been one of a handful of companies last decade that had been pursuing development of power projects in Pennsylvania to be fired by waste coal. The state of Pennsylvania had been encouraging these projects since it would lead to the clean up of vast old coal waste piles in the state and the reclamation of those sites, something the state and federal governments would have to pay for otherwise.

PJM’s original September 2005 request with FERC for approval of the ISA said that Wellington was a 525-MW, coal-fired facility that was officially called the Greene Energy Resource Recovery Project.

This project would have used two waste coal-fired, circulating fluidized bed boilers and a steam generator capable of producing 580 MW (gross), to be located in Cumberland Township, Greene County, Pa.

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