Weyerhaeuser seeks extra 5 MW of sales to Georgia Power

Weyerhaeuser NR Co. on July 31 petitioned the Georgia Public Service Commission so that it can provide an extra 5 MW of capacity to Georgia Power under a commission-approved power contract.

The company is asking for 5 MW to be added to a proxy-price contract entered into by Weyerhaeuser and Georgia Power for Weyerhaeuser’s Port Wentworth qualifying facility (QF) in the event that megawatts become available for re-allocation to Weyerhaeuser in the course of this docket.

On April 10, the commission approved the executed contract for the Purchase of Firm Capacity and Energy from a Renewable Facility Utilizing the Proxy Unit Methodology. The agreement calls for Weyerhaeuser to deliver 15 MW of energy and capacity (i.e., 15 MW of “Committed Capacity” under the terms of the agreement) by a required commercial operation date of June 1, 2015.

“As the Commission is aware, the Port Wentworth QF Facility is not a stand-alone power generation project, rather, it is an integral part of the Port Wentworth Mill,” the company noted. “In early July, as Weyerhaeuser’s engineers were performing detailed analyses of potential changes to the Port Wentworth Mill operations, it was determined that in conjunction with those potential changes, Weyerhaeuser also could provide an additional five (5) megawatts of capacity and associated energy from the Port Wentworth QF Facility.”

On July 23, the commission entered an order in this docket permitting renewable energy projects currently participating in this docket to opt for an extension of their required commercial operation dates if they provided notice to Georgia Power to do so. On July 29, Weyerhaeuser provided such notice to Georgia Power, asking for an extension from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016.

As set forth in the Weyerhaeuser Opt In Notice, Weyerhaeuser expects to make its decision regarding changes to the Port Wentworth Mill operations on or about Aug. 15. Around Aug. 1, the commission and Georgia Power expect to learn whether there are renewable project megawatts available for re-allocation to project participants.

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