June was a slow month for deployment of new electric power generation as only 146 MW of new capacity was brought online, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The largest project brought online during June was a roughly 37-MW natural gas unit deployed by a Kansas cooperative. In addition, a rare, new 9-MW oil-fired unit was deployed in California to power a data center expansion in California.
Overall new power capacity additions in the first half of 2014 lagged well behind the first half of 2013, according to the Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.
There has been 3,529 MW of new generating capacity installed during the first six months of 2014 compared to the 8,496 MW of new capacity installed during the first six month of 2014, according to the July 18 FERC document.
Looking down the road, the report notes that the Eagle Crest Energy Co. was issued an original license for the proposed 1,300 MW Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project No. 13123. The project will be located on the site of the inactive Eagle Mountain mine, in Riverside County, CA, near the town of Desert Center.
There were three gas-and-oil projects brought online during June:
• Kansas Municipal Energy Agency’s 36.9 MW natural gas-fired Jameson Energy Center new build project in Finney County, KS is online. The Jameson Energy Center is comprised of three 12.3 MW units.
• Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s 25 MW natural gas-fired Fairmont Energy Station expansion project in Martin County, MN is online. The Fairmont Energy Station expansion is comprised of four 6.25 MW units.
• Xeres Ventures LLC’s 9.1 MW oil-fired Santa Clara SC1 Data Center expansion project in Santa Clara County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to DuPont Fabros Technology under long-term contract.
Various hydro and other renewable projects commissioned
A new hydro power facility was deployed in Colorado while various wind and solar units were also commissioned during the month.
• Tri-County Water Conservancy District’s 8 MW Tri-County Hydro Power project in Oury County, CO is online. The power generated is sold to the City of Aspen under long term contract.
• First Wind’s 14 MW Warren Solar project in Worcester County, MA is online. The power generated is sold to National Grid USA under long-term contract.
• KDC Solar Branchburg LLC’s 8.2 MW KDC Solar Branchburg project in Somerset County, NJ is online. The power generated is sold to Eli Lilly under long-term contract.
• NRG Solar Community I LLC’s 6 MW Community Solar 1 project in Imperial County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Imperial Irrigation District under long-term contract
• Lepomis PV Energy LLC’s 4.5 MW LDF Lepomis Solar project in Plymouth County, MA is online. Lepomis is affiliated with EDF Renewable Energy.
• Arba Solar LLC’s 2 MW Arba Solar project in Greene County, NC is online. The power generated is sold to Duke Energy Progress under long-term contract.
• Denver Solar IV LLC’s 2 MW DIA Solar IV project in Denver County, CO is online. The power generated is sold to the Denver International Airport under long term contract.
• U.S. Department of Energy’s 11.5 MW Pantex Renewable Energy Project in Carson County, TX is online. The power generated is used at the Pantex plant.
• Two Dot Wind Farm LLC’s 9.7 MW Two Dot Wind Farm project in Wheatland County, MT is online. The power generated is sold to Northwestern Energy Montana under long term contract.