New York PSC seeks input on Cricket Valley’s grid interconnect

The New York State Public Service Commission on July 3 went out for public comment on a transmission line project planned by Cricket Valley Energy Center LLC to support its 1,000-MW, gas-fired power project.

Cricket Valley Energy Center is seeking authorization to construct and operate an approximately 14.6-mile, 345-kV transmission line to connect the planned Cricket Valley Energy Center in the Town of Dover, N.Y., to the Pleasant Valley Substation owned by Consolidated Edison Co. of New York in the Town of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. The new transmission facility would run parallel to, and be placed entirely within, the right-of-way for the existing Con Edison 345-kV Line 398.

In addition, Cricket Valley proposes to re-conductor an approximately 3.4-mile segment of the existing 345-kV Line 398 in the Town of Dover between the Cricket Valley Switchyard and the New York-Connecticut state line.

An opportunity for public education and a public statement hearing will be held before an Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 4 in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

Cricket Valley Energy Center is a 1,000-MW power plant that was reviewed under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, Environmental Conservation Law, Article 8. In February 2014, the PSC granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for construction of the power plant.

Cricket Valley is an affiliate of Advanced Power AG, a company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its central office in London. Marubeni Power International also owns a 20% interest in Cricket Valley, said the commission’s February approval for this project.

Advanced Power and a subsidiary of General Electric, GE Energy LLC, have entered into a Joint Development Agreement for the development of the Cricket Valley facility. GE will supply its latest 7FA gas turbine technology and the steam turbines for the project. GE will manufacture the steam turbine and generators in Schenectady, N.Y.

The facility will consist of three combined-cycle units, each consisting of: a combustion turbine generator; a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with supplemental duct firing; and a steam turbine generator. Auxiliary equipment will include: a low nitrogen oxide (NOx) natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler needed to keep the HRSG units warm during periods of turbine shutdown and to provide sealing steam during startups; and four diesel-fired blackstart generators, each with a maximum power rating of 3 MW. The four blackstart generators will be used to restart the facility in the event of a total power loss on the local or regional transmission grid.

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