The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board on Jan. 20 filed a Staff Report of Investigation with the board on a power line project of NTE Ohio LLC, noting that the NTE Ohio application will be automatically approved on Jan. 28 unless suspended by the board’s chairperson, the board’s Executive Director, or an administrative law judge.
If suspended, the board must render a decision on the application within 90 days from the date of suspension. The staff report recommends approval of the project.
NTE Ohio proposes in this case to interconnect approximately 0.08 miles of an existing Duke Energy 345-kV transmission line with NTE’s combined-cycle natural gas-fired generating facility, which has already been approved by the board. The electrical interconnection consists of two proposed transmission taps that would connect the proposed Duke switchyard to the existing Duke transmission line. The proposed Duke switchyard would be located on an approximately 300 by 400 foot enclosed area that would include a three-breaker ring bus.
Construction of the switchyard and the electrical interconnection would begin in the second quarter of 2015 and be completed by the third quarter of 2017. The capital cost for this interconnect project is estimated at $5,850,000.
Said the staff report: “The proposed electrical interconnection would allow for energy to be generated to meet regional demand and to be connected to the existing transmission grid in order to provide that energy to the market. The construction of this project should pose only minimal negative social and ecological impacts. Staff recommends automatic approval of this case on January 28, 2015.”
The board on Nov. 24, 2014, authorized NTE Ohio to construct its 525-MW, gas-fired, combined-cycle facility in Middletown, Ohio. The Middletown Energy Center will be located on a 46-acre parcel immediately south of the AK Steel facility in Middletown. The power project represents an estimated investment of $550m.