PJM works out interim deal for newest Dominion power project

PJM Interconnection on July 24 filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Interim Interconnection Service Agreement with Virginia Electric and Power as both the developer and interconnecting utility for a 1,681-MW power plant.

This Interim ISA facilitates the interconnection of 1,681 MW of maximum facility output of the Greensville Combined Cycle Facility, located in Greensville County, Va. The project entered the PJM queue in October 2013.

The utility, which is a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), during the course of this Interim ISA commits to:

  • Outage planning with the System Operations Center to determine feasibility of completing all network upgrades identified for the Z1-086 project by May 7, 2018, which is the projected date for first generation onto the grid;
  • determine scope for on-site transmission relocation work;
  • perform detailed engineering concurrent with conceptual phase work normally completed for the Facilities Study phase;
  • perform office and field work as needed to obtain environmental permits required for network upgrades required for the project;
  • prepare regulatory filings for all transmission work required for the project; and
  • perform community outreach activities as needed to support transmission work required for the project.

The PJM filing noted: “VEPCO is an integrated public utility with a certified service territory in Virginia and the northeast portion of North Carolina. VEPCO owns the transmission facilities and is planning to build the above-mentioned generation facility that will be interconnected to the VEPCO transmission system. The Interconnection Customer and the Interconnected Transmission Owner are the same legal entity.”

VEPCO already has a busy gas-fired project construction program. In construction and due for commercial operaton in late 2014 or early 2015 is the 1,329-MW Warren County Power Station in Warren County, Va. Another in-construction project is the 1,358-MW Brunswick County Power Station in Brunswick County, Va., which is due for commercial operation in the summer of 2016.

Dominion spokesperson Dan Genest said July 25 that no formal decision has been made to proceed with the Greensville project.

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