Green Energy Partners wants chance to uprate Georgia biomass project

Green Energy Partners LLC (GEP) applied July 3 at the Georgia Public Service Commission for changes to a power contract with Georgia Power, including a change that would allow it to possibly uprate its planned biomass-fired power plant.

GEP and Georgia Power are parties to a “Contract For The Purchase of Firm Capacity And Energy From a Renewable Qualifying Facility Utilizing Proxy Methodology” dated Nov. 1, 2013. Under this deal, GEP will sell to Georgia Power electric energy and capacity associated with the approximately 28 MW (net) biomass power plant being developed by GEP in Franklin County, Ga.

Said the July 3 filing: “We request the opportunity to increase the size of the Facility, at our option, by up to five (5) MWs, for a total of 33 MWs, should any additional megawatts that were allocated to biomass projects become available because the power purchase agreements associated with such biomass projects become terminated within the next six (6) months. This would allow the Facility to operate more efficiently by fully utilizing its design capabilities, thus helping Georgia Power and the Commission achieve a higher biomass generation base in Georgia.”

GEP also applied for some other technical changes to the power contract, including that a new section be added to provide that the parties intend that this agreement be treated as a “service contract” within the meaning of Section 7701(e)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

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