Invenergy’s 600-MW Illinois plant due for operation in 2014 or 2015

The 600-MW, gas-fired power project in Illinois of Invenergy Nelson LLC is now due for operation in 2014 or 2015, not 2009 or 2010 as originally expected, the company told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in an Oct. 9 filing.

Invenergy Nelson submitted with FERC a notice of change in facts that are contained in the notice of self-certification for exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status that it filed with the commission in March 2008. That 2008 notice said this project would interconnect into the Commonwealth Edison transmission system.

“This notice is being filed to notify the Commission that (i) the electric generation operations of the approximately 600 MW gas-fired generation facility described in the Nelson Self-Certification that Nelson is constructing and will own and operate is now estimated to commence in 2014 or 2015, rather than in 2009 or 2010 as described in the Nelson Self- Certification, and (ii) the facility will not be developed in stages as described as a possibility in the Nelson Self-Certification,” the company told FERC. “Other than the change in facts referenced above, all of the facts and representations contained in the Nelson Self-Certification remain true and accurate.”

The change in facts do not affect Nelson’s EWG status because such facts relate only to the expected timing of when Nelson’s generation facility described in the Nelson Self-Certification will begin operations and has no effect on the criteria that must be satisfied to obtain or maintain EWG status, the company added.

In 2004, Invenergy LLC completed the acquisition of the partially constructed Nelson facility in Illinois. The facility, originally projected as a four-unit, 1,160-MW power project designed around General Electric 7FA gas turbine technology, will be completed as a 584-MW combined cycle facility configured as two 1×1 combined cycle units. James Shield, the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Invenergy, mentioned those facts about Nelson in testimony filed Sept. 27 at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The testimony was in support of an Invenergy offer to expand one gas-fired power plant and build a new gas-fired plant in Minnesota to meet a future resource need of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL).

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