Coal-fired Ebensburg Power files more data at FERC

Ebensburg Power, which owns a 55-MW, waste-coal-fired plant, filed additional information on Oct. 1 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about its May 3 request for a tariff under which it will engage in sales of wholesale electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services.

Ebensburg is a non-utility generator located at Ebensburg, Pa. It has a 55-MW cogeneration plant that burns waste coal to produce steam and electricity. The plant began commercial operation in May 1991.

The plant features a circulating fluidized bed boiler which was designed and fabricated by The Babcock & Wilcox Co., now known as Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, and erected and commissioned by United Engineers & Constructors. It burns low-volatile waste coals which are found in refuse piles throughout central Pennsylvania.

The plant is connected to the Pennsylvania Electric (PENELEC) system at 115 kV at the Cambria Slope substation via an approximate three-mile radial generator interconnection line. Ebensburg is a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). It has been selling power to PENELEC under a long-term power purchase agreement that was in effect as of March 2006. That power purchase agreement expires as of May 11 and will not be renewed, the company told FERC.

Ebensburg is owned at a not quite 50% level by Babcock & Wilcox Ebensburg Power Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Equity Investments, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, whose ultimate parent is The Babcock & Wilcox Co.

Slightly over 50% of Ebensburg Power is owned by Ebensburg Investors Limited Partnership, which is a partnership owned 1% by BWEPI and 99% by ESI Ebensburg Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ESI Energy LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, whose ultimate parent is NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

The company contact is: Gary Anderson,
 Vice-President and General Manager, Babcock & Wilcox Ebensburg Power, 2840 New Germany Rd.,
 Ebensburg, PA 15931 
Ph: (814) 472-1140 ext. 303.

On Aug. 5, FERC accepted a new interconnection service agreement between PJM Interconnection, Ebensburg Power and Penelec.

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