A coal gasification plant being developed by Southern (NYSE:SO) subsidiary Mississippi Power and the South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) was one of the major new generators to come online during August, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Mississippi Power announced in August that the Kemper County integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) project, also known as the Ratcliffe IGCC plant, had started commercial power operation. Another significant milestone – the first gasifier heat up – is scheduled for later this year. The gasifiers at Kemper are the core of the integrated gasification process, which will be used to convert lignite into synthesis gas. The 582-MW facility is scheduled to begin full operation in the second quarter of 2015.
In its monthly energy infrastructure update, FERC’s Office of Energy Projects also reported Sept. 18 that two Panda Power Funds natural gas-fired power plants in Texas are online: the 720-MW Panda Sherman Power Plant project in Grayson County; and the 717-MW Panda Temple project in the City of Temple.
The monthly FERC roundup noted that 8,271 MW of new generation has come online during the first eight months of 2014. By comparison, 11,054 MW of new generation came online during the first eight months of 2013.
As for the latest monthly developments, several renewable energy projects were also commissioned during August. They include:
- OCI Alamo 4 LLC’s 42-MW OCI Alamo 4 Solar project in Kinney County, Texas, is online. The power generated is sold to CPS Energy under long-term contract.
- Two SunEdison solar projects in Fresno County, California, are online: the 2.1-MW Coalinga State Hospital Solar project; and the 1.3-MW Pleasant Valley State Prison Solar project. The power generated at each project is used on-site.
- Four Strata Solar projects in North Carolina are online: the 6.4-MW Eastover project in Scotland County, 6.4-MW Soluga 2 project in Bladen County, 5.3-MW Erwin Farm project in Harnett County, and 5.3-MW Nash 64 Solar Farm project in Nash County. The power generated from all four projects is sold to Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) under long-term contracts.
- BWC Origination 3 LLC’s 1.8-MW Sullivan’s Ledge solar project in Bristol County, Mass., is online.