FERC approves interconnect for 785-MW Maryland gas plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 11 accepted an executed interconnection agreement filed by PJM Interconnection for the 785-MW CPV Maryland LLC power project in Maryland.

On Aug. 15 PJM filed the executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) entered into among PJM, CPV Maryland and transmission owner Potomac Electric Power. The ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of a 785-MW generating facility located in Waldorf, Md. This is to be called the St. Charles Combined Cycle Facility.

 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 under the ISA 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.

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.

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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.