LIPA picks 750-MW Caithness project following RFP

A Caithness Energy subsidiary’s proposal to build a 750-MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant has been selected in a Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) solicitation for capacity and energy needs.

Caithness said Aug. 26 that LIPA had chosen its Caithness Long Island II project following a 2012 request for proposals (RFP). If it wins regulatory approval, Caithness II is to be built on an industrially-zoned parcel in Yaphank, in the Town of Brookhaven, where the company already operates the 350-MW Caithness Long Island Energy Center.

In 2012 LIPA’s board authorized the staff begin negotiating potential power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new generating resources consistent with LIPA’s Electric Resource Energy Plan.

Meanwhile, Newsday reported Sept. 3 that the Brookhaven Town Board has called for Caithness to conduct a detailed environmental study on the project.

Caithness said its proposed plant would use a closed-cycle, air-cooled condenser in its steam cycle, resulting in 95% less water consumption than other plants on Long Island.

During the expected 27-month construction period, it is anticipated that the project will produce over 500 construction jobs at its peak, Caithness said in a statement.

“We at Caithness are happy that LIPA has placed its trust in us to permit, construct, commission and operate what will be Long Island’s newest, cleanest, most efficient and most environmentally-advanced power generating plant,” said Ross D. Ain, President of Caithness Long Island II, LLC.

Caithness Energy’s projects include the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon, one of the largest wind farms in the world, several utility-scale solar projects, and the gas-fired Caithness Long Island Energy Center.

Caithness said in a statement. The proposed plant is located near existing electric transmission and natural gas infrastructure, the company said.

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