Only 199 MW of new electric generating capacity entered service in the United States during July, according to the latest update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
During the first seven months of 2013, roughly 9,060 MW of new generating capacity has come online nationally. During the first seven months of 2012, however, 12,397 MW of power generation was commissioned, according to the FERC data.
Natural gas accounted for 144 MW of the total, according to the Energy Infrastructure Update for July by FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s 100 MW natural gas-fired Reo Town Cogeneration Plant in Ingham County, Mich., was the largest single project to come online during the month. BWL has said that the project is its first new power plant in 40 years. The gas plant is reportedly valued at $182m.
In addition, NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) has brought its 44-MW gas-fired Dover Energy Phase expansion online in Kent County, Del. NRG worked for a year to convert the coal-fueled plant to a natural gas facility. NRG said July 26 that it took an innovative approach to repowering the facility by taking one of the existing gas turbines and adding a heat recovery steam generator and reusing the existing 16-MW steam turbine to create a combined cycle power plant.
Here’s a rundown of the other power projects that started commercial operation during July.
• Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s 3.5 MW South Canal Hydroelectric Phase 2 in Montrose County, Colo., is online. The 4 MW Phase 1 came online in June. The South Canal mainly serves irrigation in the Uncompahgre Valley and will only generate power seven months of the year.
• Four solar projects in North Carolina are online. 1) FLS Energy’s 2 MW Dunn Solar Farm II in Harnett County, has a long-term contract with Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) subsidiary Progress Energy Carolinas; 2) Kenansville Solar 2 LLC’s 2 MW Kenansville Solar 2 in Duplin County, has a long-term contract with Progress Energy Carolinas; 3) Loy Farm Solar LLC’s 2 MW Loy Farm Solar in Alamance County, has a long-term contract with Duke Energy Carolinas; 4) Strata Solar LLC’s 1.8 MW Peanut Farm Solar in Chowan County, has a long-term contract with North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
• Limerick Road Solar LLC’s 2.2 MW Limerick Road Project in Chittenden County, VT is online. The power generated is sold to Vermont Electric Power Producer, Inc. under long-term contract.
• Soitech SA’s 1.5 MW Newberry Springs Solar Phase 1 in San Bernardino County, Calif., is online. Phase 2 with an additional 1.5 MW is expected to be online in June 2014. The power generated is sold to SoCal Edison under long-term contract.
• Graphic Packaging International’s 40 MW Graphic Packaging Biomass plant in Macon County, Ga. is online. The biomass system is fueled by logging residual at the Macon paperboard mill. The power generated will be used onsite.