FERC seeks input on Dynegy’s wave projects in California

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 16 went out for comment on two February applications from affiliates of Dynegy (NYSE: DYN) for preliminary permits to study the feasibility of two neighboring wave energy parks off California.

Dynegy Point Estero Wave Park LLC‘s proposed Point Estero Wave Park Project would be developed in a phased approach. First, under a demonstration phase, Dynegy plans to deploy a single approximately 1-MW GWAVE Power Generating Vessel (wave energy converter or WEC). Second, under a potential commercial license, Dynegy plans to deploy 10 to 16 approximately 1-MW WECs. Third, Dynegy plans to seek authorization to deploy additional WECs with a total installed capacity of 650 MW.

Two or more high-voltage submarine cables would transmit power to shore, interconnecting with Pacific Gas and Electric’s switchyard facilities at Morro Bay, Calif. The requested project boundary comprises approximately 5.2 square nautical miles (4-miles-long by 1.5-miles-wide) of coastal waters and lands located along the coast of San Luis Obispo County.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term.

The applicant contact is: Henry Jones, Dynegy Inc., 601 Travis, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77002; (713) 767-0480.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this July 16 notice.

The wave projects will use the transmission switchyard facilities currently used by the Morro Bay Power Plant owned by an affiliate of Dynegy, Dynegy Morro Bay LLC (DMB), the applications noted. DMB has exclusive use of 650 MW of Capacity Injection Rights into the California bulk power system at this location which would enable Dynegy to deliver the full 650 MW under all modeled system conditions. The Morro Bay plant was recently retired.

Also on July 16, FERC issued a similar notice on a February Dynegy Estero Bay Wave Park LLC application for a preliminary permit on the Estero Bay Wave Park Project. This project would be developed in a phased approach like the other project, with a maximum capacity of 650 MW. Two or more high voltage submarine cables would transmit power to shore, interconnecting with Pacific Gas and Electric’s switchyard facilities at Morro Bay. The requested project boundary for this project covers around 2.73 square nautical miles (1.0-mile-wide by 2.73-miles-long) of coastal waters and lands located along the coast of San Luis Obispo County.

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