Cricket Valley seeks grid upgrades for its 1,000-MW gas project in N.Y.

Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC applied Dec. 30 at the New York State Public Service Commission for approval of transmission projects needed to support its 1,000-MW, gas-fired power project in Dover, N.Y.

Cricket Valley applied 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.

The new line is proposed to be routed within the existing right-of-way in which an existing transmission line is located that is owned and operated by the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York. As a System Upgrade Facility required by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) for the Cricket Valley generation facility to interconnect to the transmission system, ownership and maintenance of the proposed transmission line, assuming the line is approved by the commission, will be transferred to Con Edison under NYISO tariffs.

The re-conductoring would be on the existing 345 kV Line 398 in the town of Dover between the Cricket Valley Switchyard and the New York-Connecticut state line. The proposed project as presented in this Application also includes improvements to Consolidated Edison’s Pleasant Valley Substation. New protection and communication system upgrades will be required within the existing control buildings at the substation.

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.

On Feb. 14, 2013, the New York State Public Service Commission granted the generating facility a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

The transmission project application was prepared by Epsilon Associates. The project contact is: Robert DeMeyre, Project Developer, Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC, 31 Milk Street, Suite 1001, 
Boston, MA 02109 The project company is affiliated with Advanced Power Services NA LLC.

Cricket Valley Energy Center was one of several parties to file project proposals in May 2013 at the New York commission 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 has three separate powertrains each consisting of: one GE 7F 5-series combustion turbine generator (CTG); one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG); one GE A14 steam turbine generator (collectively referred to as a “Power Block” or “1x1x1 configuration”); 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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