Cricket Valley advances 1,000-MW gas project in New York

Northeast Utilities Service Co. (NUSCO), on behalf of its affiliate, The Connecticut Light and Power Co. (CL&P), filed on Jan. 29 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an agreement related to a planned, 1,000-MW power project.

Filed was an executed Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance Agreement. The agreement was executed on Jan. 28 and NUSCO requests an effective date of Jan. 28 for the agreement.

Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC plans to construct an approximately 1,000-MW combined-cycle project on a site located in Dover, Dutchess County, N.Y. This facility would interconnect to Consolidated Edison of New York’s existing 345-kV overhead transmission line at a location adjacent to the facility site between Con Edison’s Pleasant Valley Substation and CL&P’s Long Mountain Substation.

Cricket Valley, Con Edison and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) are completing a Standard Large Generator Interconnection Agreement for this project, the filing noted. ISO New England and NYISO have completed studies on their respective regional transmission systems regarding the facility’s impact, which identified the need for upgrades on the CL&P transmission system that are covered by this agreement.

Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC is affiliated with Advanced Power Services (NA) Inc. The project contact is: Arnold Wallenstein, 
Senior Vice President and General Counsel c/o Advanced Power Services (NA) Inc.,
 31 Milk Street, Suite 1001,
Boston, MA 02019, 
(617) 456-2204,

This is not the only recent regulatory activity for this power project. Cricket Valley Energy Center applied Dec. 30, 2013, at the New York State Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for a new, 14.6-mile 345-kV line From the Pleasant Valley Substation to the Cricket Valley Energy Center power project, and the re-conductoring of an existing 345-kV line of 3.4 miles in length.

In September 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) completed its review for Cricket Valley’s combined-cycle, natural gas-powered 1,000-MW power project and the Cricket Valley Switchyard. The NYSDEC approval process included findings under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) and final air, wetland and water quality permits.

In February 2013, the New York State Public Service Commission granted the generating facility a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

Cricket Valley Energy Center was one of several parties to file project proposals in May 2013 at the New York PSC as possible replacements for the 2,040-MW Indian Point nuclear plant. The proposals were lodged within a docket where the commission ordered the New York Power Authority to issue a request for proposals for projects (both generation and transmission) needed in case Indian Point can’t win extensions of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses for its two units. The commission so far hasn’t made any decisions on those offered replacement power projects.

The Cricket Valley project would have three separate powertrains each consisting of: one General Electric 7F 5-series combustion turbine generator (CTG); one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG); one GE A14 steam turbine generator; and one air-cooled steam condenser (ACC). The HRSGs will each include a natural gas-fired duct burner (supplemental firing system) to allow for additional electricity production during periods of high demand.

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