PJM seeks FERC approval on Bio Energy agreement

PJM Interconnection on July 31 submitted for filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) among PJM, Bio Energy (Illinois) LLC and Commonwealth Edison.

PJM requested an effective date of July 1, 2013, for the Bio Energy ISA, which is designated as Original Service Agreement No. 3588.

The Bio Energy ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of a 6.5-MW generating facility located in Zion, Ill. The generating facility will be an Energy Resource permitted to inject 6.5 MW (nominal) into the system. Prior to selling into the PJM wholesale market, Bio Energy sold the output of the facility to its host utility, ComEd, as a non-jurisdictional Qualifying Facility (QF) under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

The generating facility was previously interconnected and operating as a non- jurisdictional QF, and no further studies are required to accommodate the interconnection under a PJM ISA, said the July 31 application. However, because the generating facility now will be selling its output into the PJM wholesale market rather than to its host utility, changes to metering and telecommunications equipment are necessary to permit such sales.

The ISA said that on or before Dec. 30, 2013, Bio Energy must demonstrate commercial operation of five 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.

The facility is located at the Zion Landfill at Zion, Ill. It is configured with 5 x 1361 Deutz Model TBG 620 V16K engine generator sets.

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