Big coal plant, more than 2,500 MW of gas came online in May

A major coal plant came online in Texas during May, which was also a huge month for natural gas power plant deployment with more than 2,500 MW coming online, much of it in California.

That’s the bottom line from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) infrastructure update from its Office of Energy Projects.

LS Power Group’s 925 MW coal-fired Sandy Creek Energy Station in McLennan County, Texas, was the largest facility to enter service during the month. LS Power sells power from the plant to Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Lower Colorado River Authority and Brazos Sandy Creek Electric Cooperative.

Sandy Creek is the only coal plant to be commissioned so far in 2013.

Mitsubishi and CPV commissioned the 850 MW natural gas-fired CPV Sentinel Energy Expansion in Riverside County, Calif. This project consists of eight 106.25 MW units. The power generated is sold to Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) subsidiary, under long-term contract.

Another Edison International project, the 500-MW Walnut Creek Energy Park in Los Angeles County, Calf., is also online.

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) brought online the 828-MW Marsh Landing plant in Contra Costa County, Calif. This project consists of four 207 MW units. The power generated is sold to PG&E under long-term contract.

Several smaller gas-fired units commenced commercial operation. They include:

Xcel Energy’s (NYSE:XEL) 180 MW natural gas-fired Jones Generating Station Expansion in Lubbock County, Texas;

Proctor & Gamble’s 64 MW natural gas-fired Mehoopany Expansion in Wyoming County, Pa., is online. The power generated is used on site by Proctor & Gamble Paper Products; and,

NorthWestern’s (NYSE:NWE) 60 MW natural gas-fired Aberdeen CT Expansion in Brown County, S.D., is online.

Several solar and landfill gas projects of less than 10 MW were also deployed during May. Altogether there were 28 MW of solar and 6 MW of biomass commissioned during the month

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