PJM files interconnect deal for 785-MW CPV Maryland project

The 785-MW, gas-fired power project of CPV Maryland LLC is due to go commercial by April 30, 2016, under agreements worked out with PJM Interconnection and local transmission owner Potomac Electric Power.

PJM on Aug. 15 submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for filing an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) with CPV Maryland and Potomac Electric Power. PJM requests an effective date of July 16, 2013, for the CPV Maryland ISA, which is designated as Original Service Agreement No. 3610.

The CPV Maryland ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of a 785-MW facility located in Waldorf, Md., southeast of Washington D.C. The ISA indicates that CPV Maryland will have Capacity Interconnection Rights in the amount of 725 MW, consisting of 325 MW for the steam turbine unit of the generating facility, 200 MW for the combined cycle gas turbine Unit 1, and 200 MW for the combined cycle gas turbine Unit 2.

On or before April 30, 2016, CPV Maryland must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units. Demonstrating commercial operation includes achieving initial operation and making commercial sales or use of energy, as well as, if applicable, obtaining capacity qualification in accordance with the requirements of the Reliability Assurance Agreement Among Load Serving Entities in the PJM Region.

This is to be called the St. Charles Combined Cycle Facility.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier this year approved plans for Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to build this combined-cycle, natural gas power plant in Charles County, Md. The state and CPV expect to see the new plant enter commercial operation by June 1, 2015. CPV released an April 12 statement calling the St Charles power plant a “shovel-ready” project that should help Maryland upgrade its infrastructure for the 21st century.

The CPV project represents more than a $500m private infrastructure investment, said CPV CEO Doug Egan. Egan said the plant will have 65% to 99% less sulfur, NOx and CO2, compared to typical oil- and coal-fired plants. Construction of the plant should employ from 350 to 400 people, CPV said.

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