PJM works out wholesale power deal with Purdys Run Energy

PJM Interconnection on June 12 submitted for filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Wholesale Market Participation Agreement (WMPA) for a 6-MW, gas-fired project in West Virginia.

The agreement is among PJM, Purdys Run Energy LLC and Monongahela Power, a FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) company. It was executed on May 14. PJM is submitting this agreement for filing because Purdys Run intends to engage in wholesale sales in the PJM markets from a generating facility connected to Monongahela distribution facilities. PJM requested an effective date of May 14 for this WMPA.

The agreement contains project milestones, including:

  • Commercial Operation – On or before Jan. 1, 2015, Purdys Run Energy must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units; and
  • Interconnection Agreement – On or before Feb. 1, 2014, the project developer must enter into an interconnection agreement with the transmission owner in order to effectuate the WMPA.

The Purdys Run Plant, to be located in Marion County, W.Va., would have a maximum facility output of 6 MW. It would consist of two 3.1-MW natural gas reciprocating engines connected to a common bus, said the WMPA. The contact information for the company in the WMPA is: Iron Mountain Generation c/o Purdys Run Energy LLC,
 301 Oxford Valley Road, Suite 1603A, Yardley, PA 19067-7706
 Attn: Kenneth Gates.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a Jan. 18 public notice that it was taking comment on a draft air permit for a 6.22-MW, gas-fired power plant proposed by Purdys Run Energy. In August 2012, Purdys Run Energy applied at the DEP’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a permit to construct and operate a 6.22 MW generating station located near the junction of County Route 27 and Manley Chapel Road (behind the old Reiss Viking Monogah Plant) near Fairmont in Marion County.

“The facility will use two (2) 4,350 hp natural gas-fired Waukesha Model 16V275GL 4SLB engines each connected to a 3.11 mW generator to sell electricity to the power grid,” said a DAQ fact sheet. “The CO, VOC, and formaldehyde emissions produced by the engines will be controlled (94.9%, 70.0%, and 89.2%, respectively) by the use of an EmeraChem Performax ADCAT Oxidation Catalyst on each engine. The engines will be the only air emissions sources at the proposed facility.”

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