Duke’s Edwardsport IGCC is biggest power addition during June

Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) 618-MW Edwardsport coal gasification power plant accounted for the bulk of the new generating capacity brought online nationally during June, according to a monthly update from FERC.

FERC’s Office of Energy Projects issued its Infrastructure Update for June on July 18. In all 663 MW of new generating capacity was installed nationally during June, according to the update.

The report indicates that about 8,600 MW of new capacity was installed during the first six months of 2013. By comparison, roughly 10,250 MW was installed during the first six months of 2012.

After protracted new technology testing, Duke’s Edwardsport integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) project went online in June. The advanced coal project in Knox County, Ind., replaced an older 500-MW coal facility, the report notes.

Aside from the Duke project, all other generating units deployed during the month were less than 25 MW.

Here’s a rundown of some of the small projects:

 • Xcel Energy’s (NYSE:XEL) 23 MW Tucumcari Generating Station in Quay County, NM is online. The plant is fired by diesel and distillate fuel-oil, to be used as a source of back-up power.

The City of West Bend’s 2.5 MW oil-fired unit in Palo Alto County, Iowa is online.

Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s 4 MW New Canal Hydroelectric phase 1 in Montrose County, Colo., is online. An additional 3.5 MW phase 2 is expected to come online in July. The South Canal mainly serves irrigation in the Uncompahgre Valley and will only generate power seven months of the year.

• Six solar projects in North Carolina are online. The power generated from each facility is sold to Duke subsidiary Progress Energy Carolinas under long-term contracts. 1) 5 MW Lenoir Farm Solar in Lenoir County; 2) 2 MW Sampson Solar in Sampson County; 3) 2 MW Anderson Solar in Sampson County; 4) 2 MW Faison Solar in Duplin County; 5) 2 MW Chinquapin Solar in Duplin County; and 6) 1 MW SEFL Fletcher Solar in Henderson County.

Affordable Solar’s 1 MW Silver City Waste Water Treatment Plant in Grant County, NM is online. The power generated is used on-site, sold to Silver City under long-term contract.

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