Number of new wind energy projects came online during September

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reported Oct. 24 that 367 MW of new wind energy generation was commissioned during the month of September.

In addition 114 MW of natural gas power came online as well as 71 MW of nuclear energy, 41 MW of solar energy and 10 MW of oil-fired generation. The new nuclear generation involve a power increase at an Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) plant in Minnesota. The oil-fired project is an emergency back-up generation source for a hospital in Connecticut.

That’s according to the monthly infrastructure update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

The report indicates that for the first nine months of 2014, 8,860 MW of new electric generation has been installed. By comparison, at the same point in 2013 the amount of new generating capacity installed was 11,452 MW, according to FERC figures.

Miami Wind project in Texas marks largest project in September

Here is a rundown of power generation projects deployed during September.

Miami Wind I’s 286 MW Miami Wind Energy Center Phase I in Roberts, Hemphill, Gray and Wheeler Counties, Texas is online. Miami Wind Phase I project consists of 156 GE 1.85 MW wind turbines and provides power into Texas’ new Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission infrastructure.

DTE Energy’s 62 MW Echo Wind Park Phase II expansion project in Huron County, MI is online. Phase I, with 50 MW, came online in February 2014. Echo Wind Park has a total of 112 MW wind generation capacity.

Marsh Hill Energy’s 16 MW Marsh Hill Wind in Steuben County, NY is online.

BNB Texas Solar’s 18 MW Barilla Solar Phase I project in Pecos County, Texas is online.

Mid-Kansas Electric Cooperative’s 110 MW natural gas-fired Rubart Station project in Grant County, KS is online. The power generated will serve Mid-Kansas’ members in central and western Kansas.

Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Plant in Wright County, MN has completed a nine-year process of rebuilding the plant, uprating its capacity from 600 MW to 671 MW.

Santa Cruz Cogeneration Associates’ 4.4 MW natural gas-fired UC Santa Cruz Cogeneration in Santa Cruz County, CA is online. The power generated is used on-site at the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Kiuc Renewable Solutions Two’s 12 MW KRS II Koloa Solar project in Kauai, HI is online. The power generated is sold to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative under long-term contract.

Solar Star California XXIX’s 3 MW UC Riverside Solar project in Riverside County, CA is online. The power generated is used on-site at the UC Riverside campus.

Cornell University’s 2 MW Snyder Road Solar Farm project in Tompkins County, NY is online. The power generated is used on-site at the Cornell University campus.

Santa Fe Community College’s 1.5 MW Santa Fe Community College Solar project in Santa Fe County, NM is online. The power generated is used on-site at the Santa Fe Community College campus.

Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative’s 10 MW oil-fired Matlack Road Microgrid project in New London County, CT is online. The Matlock Road Microgrid project serves as emergency backup power for the Backus Hospital campus and adjacent critical facilities.

Edison International (NYSE:EIX) Southern California Edison’s Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage project in Kern County, CA is online. The Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage consists of an 8 MW-4 hour (32 MWh) lithium-ion battery and a smart inverter system, will help store energy from the existing 5,000 wind turbines and any future additions in the Techachapi Wind Resource Area. Housed inside a 6,300 square foot facility, it is the largest battery energy storage in North America.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.