FERC grants market authority for Invenergy power project in Illinois

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 12 granted Invenergy Nelson LLC, which has been building a gas-fired power project in Illinois, various needed approvals, including authority to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

FERC also granted Invenergy Nelson’s request for waiver of the commission’s requirements to file an Open AccessTransmission Tariff (OATT), to establish and maintain an Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS), and to comply with the commission’s Standards of Conduct. It also granted Invenergy Nelson’s request for other waivers commonly granted to market-based rate sellers.

Invenergy Nelson will own and operate a 738-MW (nameplate) natural gas-fired facility located in the PJM Interconnection market. Invenergy Nelson will also own interests in radial interconnection facilities consisting of a 345-kV switchyard, transformers, disconnect switches, circuits, an approximately one mile 345-kV generator-tie line, and related facilities in order to connect with the transmission system owned by Commonwealth Edison.

Invenergy Nelson is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Investment Co. LLC, and a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Nelson Holdings LLC, which is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Thermal Financing II LLC.

Invenergy Nelson said in its Oct. 15 application to FERC that the Nelson Project could possibly begin generating test power as early as Dec. 15, 2014.

A company contact is: Joseph Condo, General Counsel, Invenergy LLC, One South Wacker, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60606, Tel.: (312) 582-1465, jcondo@invenergyllc.com.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.