New interconnect deal covers downsized Pondera King plant in Texas

CenterPoint Energy Service Co. LLC filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Dec. 15 an amendment to an interconnection agreement that sets a new commercial operation date for the slimmed-down version of a major gas-fired power plant.

This is Amendment Two to the Pondera King Power Project (later known as the CPV Pondera King Energy Center) Electric Reliability Council of Texas Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). That agreement was originally entered into in 2010 between Pondera Capital Management GP Inc. and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC.

Pondera Development LLC, as successor in interest to Pondera Capital Management GP, and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric are parties to this new amendment.

Among other things, under the amendment:

  • The definition of the Scheduled Trial Operation Date in the original agreement is changed to read: “The later of a) April 1, 2017; or b) 4 months after the TIF In-Service Date.” TIF stands for transmission interconnection facilities.
  • The definition of the Scheduled Commercial Operation Date is changed to read: “The later of a) October 1, 2017; or b) 10 months after the TIF In-Service Date.” In the original SGIA from 2010, the Scheduled Commercial Operation Date was the later of: a) June 1, 2014; or) 4 months after the TIF In-Service Date.

The CPV Pondera King Energy Center plant property is located near CenterPoint’s King Substation property at 13155 Lockwood, Harris County, Texas.

The amendment said the plant will be comprised of one 2-on-1 combined-cycle plant consisting of: two gas turbines with a total summer net rating of 503.6 MW and one steam turbine with a summer net rating of 378.1 MW. The total summer net plant output is 881.7 MW, which is projected to be the plant’s Net Dependable Capability, as defined by ERCOT requirements. The amendment says the maker of the gas turbines is yet to be determined.

The 2010 SGIA said the plant would be comprised of four 1-on-1 combined cycle plants. Each combined cycle plant would have consisted of one gas turbine with a summer net rating of 188 MW and one steam turbine with a summer net rating of 157 MW. The total summer net plant output for all four combined cycle plants was 1,380 MW, which was projected to be the plant’s Net Dependable Capability, as defined by ERCOT requirements.

A contact for the project developer listed in the new amendment is: Asset Manager, CPV Pondera King Energy Center, c/o Nathan Rushing, 8403 Colesville Road, Ste 915, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Telephone: 301-538-5536, E-mail: nrushing@cpv.com. That, incidentally, is an e-mail address for major power project developer Competitive Power Ventures. The CPV website refers to Pondera King as a 900-MW project.

The project developer contact information in the SGIA from 2010 was for InterGen, a global power generation company.

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