PJM works out deal with FirstEnergy on Perry nuclear plant uprate

PJM Interconnection on May 28 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) with FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. (FENOC) and American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI).

PJM requested an effective date of April 26, 2013, for the FENOC ISA. PJM is submitting this ISA because it contains non-standard terms and conditions that do not conform with the form of ISA set forth in Attachment O of the PJM Tariff.

The FENOC ISA facilitates a 16-MW increase in the Maximum Facility Output (for a total of 1,297.8 MW) of FENOC’s nuclear facility, which is currently interconnected to the PJM transmission system and located in Perry, Ohio. The FENOC ISA indicates that FENOC will have capacity interconnection rights in the amount of 1,276 MW.

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant is a single unit, baseloaded General Electric-designed Boiling Water Reactor-6 (BWR-6).

FENOC, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), operates the corporation’s three nuclear power facilities: the two-unit Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Pa.; the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio; and the Perry plant in Perry, Ohio. Perry, located on the shore of Lake Erie about 35 miles east of Cleveland, is the largest single unit in the FirstEnergy generating fleet and one of the largest plants of its type in the U.S.

FirstEnergy said May 16 that Perry returned to service that day following a March 18 shutdown for refueling and maintenance. During the outage, 280 of the 748 fuel assemblies were exchanged. Numerous inspections and maintenance and improvement projects were completed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations, including replacement of Perry’s three low pressure turbines. The new turbine rotors feature an enhanced blade design that is expected to enhance safety and reliability and increase plant efficiency.

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