FERC okays new interconnect deal for revamped BL England plant

PJM Interconnection got a Nov. 20 approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on its Sept. 23 filing of an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) that covers a repowering at the partially coal-fired BL England power plant in New Jersey.

The new ISA is among PJM, RC Cape May Holdings LLC (as the interconnection customer), and Atlantic City Electric (the interconnected transmission owner). An older ISA covering the existing version of the plant is being replaced with this new one.

The new RC Cape May ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of 452 MW at a facility located in Cape May County, N.J. The facility consists of three units: existing Unit 2 is a steam driven generator supplied by Unit 4 steam (164 MW); existing Unit 3 is a steam turbine-driven generator with natural gas fueled boiler (39 MW); and the planned new Unit 4 is a natural gas-fueled combustion turbine/generator (249 MW).

PJM got a March 27 request for the deactivation as of May 1, 2014, of the 129-MW Unit 1 at BL England. That followed a Jan. 7 request for the deactivation as of Oct. 1, 2015, of the BL England Diesels, Units IC1-IC4, with a total of 8 MW. PJM found no grid reliability issues with the shutdown of the diesels or Unit 1, said a PJM list of pending deactivation requests updated to Nov. 11.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was taking public comment earlier this year on draft air permitting that would allow R C Cape May Holdings to get rid of coal- and oil-fired capacity at BL England and build new gas-fired capacity in its place. R C Cape May was seeking permits to replace 440 MW of coal- and oil-fired units with gas-fired facilities. “Replacement units would include a (nominal) 430-MW natural gas fired combined-cycle unit, increasing the plant capacity to 580 MW,” said a DEP fact sheet.

“The facility will retire existing coal fired Unit 1 and Unit 2 by September 30, 2013 and May 1, 2015, respectively,” the DEP noted. “Additionally, the facility will voluntarily convert existing Unit 3 from No. 6 oil firing to natural gas.”

The BL England facility is owned by RCCM and is operated by North American Energy Services, the DEP said.

U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows the plant taking coal last year from CONSOL Energy‘s (NYSE: CNX) Bailey mine complex in southwest Pennsylvania.

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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.