FERC accepts agreement for 1,000-MW Cricket Valley gas project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 28 approved a Jan. 29 filing by Northeast Utilities Service Co. (NUSCO), on behalf of its affiliate, The Connecticut Light and Power Co. (CL&P), of an agreement related to a gas-fired, 1,000-MW power project.

Filed was an executed Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance 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 Jan. 29 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 Cricket Valley project would have three separate powertrains each consisting of: one General Electric 7F 5-series combustion turbine generator; one heat recovery steam generator; one GE A14 steam turbine generator; and one air-cooled steam condenser. 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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