Covanta Essex drops EWG status for New Jersey facility

Covanta Essex Co. told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 20 that it no longer needs exempt wholesale generator status because it now sells its power directly to an on-site customer, not on the broader wholesale market.

Covanta Essex owns and operates an approximately 69-MW waste-to-energy qualifying small power production facility located in Newark, N.J. Covanta Essex is authorized to make sales of energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates.

“Due to a change in circumstance, Covanta Essex is notifying the Commission that it no longer seeks to maintain EWG status,” the company wrote in the brief letter to FERC. “Specifically, Covanta Essex now makes on-site retail energy sales to a single non-affiliated purchaser, and thus, the output of the eligible facility is no longer sold exclusively at wholesale.”

Also on June 20, Covanta Fairfax Inc., which owns and operates a municipal solid waste generator located in Lorton, Va., filed a separate notice with FERC. The commission had certified it as a qualifying small power production facility (QF) in 1987. Covanta Fairfax most recently submitted a notice of self-recertification for the Fairfax Facility in 2004.

“Covanta Fairfax hereby notifies the Commission that it no longer operates the Fairfax Facility in a manner which allows it to qualify as a small power production facility,” the company wrote. “Specifically, the Fairfax Facility’s output now exceeds 80 MW. Therefore, Covanta Fairfax would like the Commission’s records to reflect that the Fairfax Facility no longer has QF status.”

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