Biomass plant developer seeks slot on Georgia Power waiting list

Green Energy Partners-DeKalb LLC (GEP) petitioned the Georgia Public Service Commission on Oct. 22 requesting that it be placed on the Proxy QF Waiting List for the supply of electricity to Georgia Power.

In May 2010, Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), issued its 2015 Request for Proposals seeking bids for capacity and energy to fulfill future needs. Currently, QFs have noticed in 250 MW of capacity for the 2015 RFP, GEP noted. The commission has granted a number of waivers and extensions in connection with the 2015 RFP. Recently, the commission extended the deadlines for the posting of collateral by the QFs and the commercial operation date.

In a September 2011 order, the commission established a waiting list for parties that were interested in providing capacity for the 2015 RFP but were not currently on the 2015 Proxy QF NOI list. GEP said there are currently four companies on the Proxy QF Waiting List: Wiregrass Power (7 MW); Graphic Packaging (9 MW); Weyerhaeuser (15 MW); and First Generation Energy (7 MW).

GEP executed a Proxy QF Agreement with the Georgia Power dated January 2012. Under that agreement, GEP has agreed to sell 10 MW to the utility. But GEP’s Interconnection line capacity allows for the distribution of 11.5 MW.

Subsequent to the January 2012 Proxy QF Agreement, GEP was issued an air permit by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the construction and operation of a biomass-fired, 11.5-MW facility to be constructed in Lithonia, DeKalb County, Ga. The facility will employ 98 people during construction and 13 permanent employees.

GEP pointed out that it has an additional 1.5 MW of generating capacity that is available to export to the grid. This additional capacity is available to contract to Georgia Power under the 2015 RFP. GEP requested that it be placed on the Proxy QF Waiting List.

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