FERC approves new interconnect deal for Ebensburg coal plant

On Aug. 5, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted an executed interconnection service agreement between PJM Interconnection and Ebensburg Power Co., which has lost the long-time power customer for its coal-fired plant.

PJM on June 10 had submitted for filing an executed interconnection service agreement among PJM, Ebensburg Power and Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec). The Ebensburg Power ISA, designated as Original Service Agreement No. 3570, facilitates the interconnection of the Ebensburg Generating Plant, a 55-MW facility located in Cambria County, Pa.

The Ebensburg Power ISA contains non-standard terms and conditions to accommodate the unique nature of this interconnection. Section 9.0 contains non-conforming language because this is an existing generating facility that has been operating under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Penelec.

The PPA was due to expire on May 11. An existing interconnection customer that ends a PPA with a FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) operating company and enters into a new ISA is not required to submit a new interconnection request, the application noted.

Because Ebensburg Power is located about 3.1 miles away from the interconnected transmission owner’s revenue metering at the Cambria Slope Substation, the parties have agreed to the non-standard terms in Schedule C for the period May 12, 2013, through June 15, 2014, in order to permit Ebensburg Power to submit revenue quality and any associated energy settlement data to PJM upon termination of the PPA.

The Ebensburg Generating Plant consists of one circulating fluidized-bed boiler and one extraction/condensing turbine generator set. The plant went commercial in 1991, around the time of several other waste-coal-fired facilities in Pennsylvania. It uses waste coal from various piles at old mine and coal handling sites around central Pennsylvania.

Ebensburg Power is 49.99% owned by an affiliate of Babcock & Wilcox, with the rest controlled by affiliates of NextEra Energy.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.