New Mexico utility completes buy of Delta Person plant

Public Service Co. of New Mexico notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 28 that it has acquired the gas-fired Delta Person power plant and is officially canceling the agreement under which it had been buying power from the plant.

In February 2013, the commission issued an order authorizing Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s (PNM) acquisition of the generating facility and associated jurisdictional assets. In August 2013, the commission issued an order authorizing the cancellation of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Delta Person LP and PNM.

“In accordance with those orders, PNM hereby notifies the Commission that: (1) the purchase of the partnership interests in Delta Person was consummated and became effective on July 17, 2014; and (2) the transfer of the ownership of the Delta Person generating facility and associated jurisdictional assets to PNM will occur on July 30, 2014, which will be the effective date of the cancellation of the PPA,” said the July 28 notice.

The Delta Person plant began commercial operation in July 2000. It consists of a General Electric 7FA combustion turbine and can be operated on either natural gas or fuel oil, although it is normally operated on natural gas. The Delta PPA’s Dependable Capacity was 132 MW, and the heat rate used for billing purposes when fired on natural gas was 12,063 Btu/kWh. It primarily operates as a peaking unit.

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